The City of Cape Town is set to announce a “package of plans” today aimed at dealing with the issue of social housing within the inner city in what they’re calling a complete turnaround from previous approaches.
Mayoral Committee Member, Brett Herron, stated the plans would aid in expediting the delivery of housing within the city and aid the most vulnerable households of the mother city.
“I will also make public our new approach which represents a 180-degree change in how we will confront the urgent demand for affordable and inclusionary housing in future”, said Herron.
The City of Cape Town has come under fire in recent months for failing to tackle the issue of social housing efficiently and effectively.
Various civic organisations rallied together to protest against the sale of state-owned properties for commercial use, feeling that the land would be better suited to dealing with the very present issue of inclusive housing within the city limits.
Outrage sparked when it was understood that the city would look to create housing space in a location far away from the city disregarding the fact that most of the people being relocated work within the city.
Most notably, residents of Bromwell Street in Woodstock took their evictors to court with the trial currently still taking place.
Understandably then, the reactions to Herron’s announcement are littered with a great deal of scepticism as residents claim to have heard this song and dance before.
“He’s hell bent on putting our [people] out of the city into hell on earth Wolvekloof, Blikkiesdorp ect”, commented one person via social media. “So sick of empty promises”.