Ndifuna Ukwazi attorney Jonty Cogger said: “Cape Town is experiencing a housing affordability crisis. Poorer residents spend up to 40% of the household’s income travelling long distances into the city.
“The city has the power and obligation to promote affordable housing in private development that can bring poor and working-class residents back into the city - close to employment opportunities, better health care, schools and other social amenities.
“Despite this, the city has refused to set affordable housing conditions in private developments that would allow poor and working-class people to live closer to their work.”
The R1.4billion The Vogue building project is poised to create about 9000 direct and indirect jobs, according to developer FWJK. But the approval is being challenged by Ndifuna Ukwazi, which has objected to the absence of affordable housing in the project plans.