Despite the abundance of available public land, we have seen very few well-located land parcels being committed for affordable housing. Progress has largely been painfully slow on the few commitments that have been secured and some projects seem to have stopped progressing altogether. While the City of Cape Town has made far more commitments than the provincial or national governments, all three spheres of government are failing to act with the necessary urgency. As a result, our housing crisis grows in scale and intensity every year. Scroll down to learn more about some of the public commitments that have been made and where progress currently stands.
When well-located public land is committed for affordable housing, it takes too long or never happens.
The housing and segregation crisis in Cape Town is urgent, with more people forced to live in terrible conditions everyday. The few commitments that the state has made to develop well-located public land for affordable housing have not been delivered with the priority and speed that the situation demands. For example, Salt River Market was identified by City officials as early as 2008, but 15 years later the project has not broken ground.
Salt River Market was identified by City officials as early as 2008, but 15 years later the project has not broken ground.