As developers of the site, the Amdec Group, celebrated the MPT’s decision on the R14billion mixed-use precinct, social housing advocacy group Ndifuna Ukwazi put out a stinging statement via their attorney, Jonty Cogger, saying: “This approval will reinforce the city centre as an exclusionary space where wealthy, mainly white people only are accommodated.
“The City urgently needs to adopt an inclusionary housing policy to regulate private developments by securing a portion of affordable housing.
"This is one strategy that is necessary to ensure that developments in Cape Town are more inclusive,” added Cogger.
However, Amdec chief executive James Wilson said: “This is a big day for Cape Town and a big day for the Amdec Group. We have no doubt that this project holds tremendous promise for the Mother City.