South Africa: Cape Town City Council Approves 'Game-Changer' Report That Could Help Solve Housing Backlog


The Cape Town City Council has adopted recommendations from a report that could help solve the city's housing crisis. Councillors praised the recommendations, while housing activists said they would perpetuate spatial inequalities.

The Cape Town City Council on Thursday approved a report that recommends incentives such as subsidies for private property owners to provide affordable small-scale rental units.

Councillors said the recommendations would provide much-needed housing opportunities, while also bringing in income for unemployed property owners.

Housing activists, however, said the recommendations would perpetuate spatial inequalities.

The city has also asked the national government to provide subsidies to incentivise homeowners to provide small-scale rental units.

In favour of the plan

DA councillor Eddie Andrews said the recommendations "would economically empower unemployed property owners while providing housing opportunities".

The majority of councillors, including those from the EFF, the ANC and COPE, supported the recommendations, which Marian Nieuwoudt, the Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, has previously described as a "game-changer".

The report, which comes from the city's Spatial Planning and Environment Committee, looked at small-scale rental units in the Khayelitsha suburbs of Mandela Park, Graceland, Khaya, Eyethu and Ilitha Park.

The report found that 7,425 additional housing opportunities had...

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