South Africa: Cape Town CBD a Step Closer to Affordable Housing


The City of Cape Town should by 2021 have a draft of an inclusionary housing policy for the working class, in what Human Settlements Mayoral Committee Member Malusi Booi said would 'potentially facilitate and advance greater spatial equality'.

"We're making great progress," said City of Cape Town Mayco member Malusi Booi about the City's proposed inclusionary housing policy, referring to queries related to its plans for housing within the CBD.

On Sunday 10 November 2019, Booi announced plans for the proposed inclusionary housing policy, including a feasibility analysis, which he described as "a policy (which) would look at enabling and encouraging more affordable well-located accommodation over the long term, close to transport, employment and economic hubs".

Booi announced a feasibility analysis scheduled for January-June 2020, which will look at development cost implications, levels of affordable housing contributions and target-group income. The analysis, he said, "will primarily inform such a draft policy". Ultimately, the inclusionary housing policy would give direction to "private sector partners for the future inclusion of affordable housing in their developments where feasible".

The policy in its draft form is expected between July 2020 and June 2021 -- 2021 of course, is a local government election year for...

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