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By Anel Powell
The R89-million sale of the Malgas property in Buitengragt Street, to Old Mutual Property Group, is one of several rental and sales deals being pushed through by the City of Cape Town.
And 16 erven in Atlantis, worth R26-million, will be sold by the city for industrial use.
But Mayor Helen Zille said key housing projects in the city, in areas such as Wallacedene, were being delayed by national and provincial government.
In her budget speech this week, Zille said Richard Dyantyi, MEC for Local Government and Housing, was taking his time to sign off the city's application for phase one of housing accreditation.
She said the final authorisation had been pending since November.
The accreditation would allow the city to access housing subsidy funds directly from the national treasury and housing projects could be approved without provincial approval.
But Dyantyi said on Thursday that the accreditation of local government was a national pilot project and that municipalities had to pass three levels to be accredited.
The City of Cape Town was only at the first level and there were no guarantees that it would get to the third level. He said the lack of capacity in the city's housing department could count against it.
"Her assertions about delays are not true," he said.
Zille said the city was also waiting for clarity on the amount for national housing subsidies.
"We cannot be dictated to and forced to implement an unsustainable policy."
Dyantyi said the mayor had been informed of the change and accused her of making headlines out of nothing.