South Africa: Gentrification Victims - the Dreyer Family's Struggle to Keep a Roof Over Their Head Under a City Bridge


Rising property prices in Cape Town continue to see families in Salt River and Woodstock evicted from rented homes and apartments. Refusing to leave their communities, residents are occupying vacant land to resist gentrification. Even though local government is slowly making provision for low-income housing closer to the city, the sharp rise in property prices in the City of Cape Town means that the legacy of apartheid spatial planning is alive and well, and the land debate must include access to affordable housing in urban areas.

This article is part of an ongoing special feature focusing on land, The Promised Land. Read more here, here and here.

On a grey morning in Cape Town, Nooraan Dreyer, 44, sits outside her...

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