Social Housing advocacy group Ndifuna Ukwazi said in the Tafelberg court case that it was seeking a court order declaring that the province has failed to use its public land to advance spatial justice.
“This land is underused, considering it is in the heart of the city centre close to the best jobs, good infrastructure and services. There are more than three public schools within a 300m radius.
“Province could tender the land to a social housing company at a nominal fee and include market-rate apartments, or even some shops and offices to ensure the social housing is viable,” said Ndifuna Ukwazi co-director Jared Rossouw. Rossouw said Province did not have a comprehensive vision for integrating the inner city
“And while there is a lot of big talk, its actions show that it is committed to maintaining the status quo. It has failed to manage its land properly or invest in models which would see smaller parcels of public land developed in partnership with social housing companies,” he said