11 September 2017

South Africa: The Time Is Now for Inclusionary Housing in Cape Town

opinion

Property developers FWJK are readying themselves to build Zero2One, which will be Cape Town's tallest building when completed. They and the City of Cape Town who grants land-use rights and requested departures have the opportunity to effect change and undo spatial apartheid. Either this or continue with business as usual where the poor and working class are relegated to the peripheries, out of sight and out of the minds of the affluent, predominantly white inner-city residents.

Zero2One will be a 47-storey building located on the corner of Strand and Adderley streets opposite the station and will include three storeys of shops, nine storeys of parking and 624 exclusive apartments.

Although we desperately need to densify our sprawling city and certainly need thousands of new homes in well-located areas, we must also ask: "Who will this benefit and at what price?"

The reality is that every new apartment block that goes up in Cape Town's inner-city and surrounds only caters to investment portfolio companies and the super-wealthy, who are mostly white. As each new development goes up, this blight of exclusivity is entrenched. This month apartments in The Onyx, another exclusive apartment block, go on sale: here penthouses...

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