10 inner-city sites would be developed for the poor – Cape Town

“This is a victory for people who are being priced out of well-located areas or facing eviction. It shows the power that residents have when they organise together to resist injustice and demand change,” Reclaim the City said in a statement.

Many Reclaim the City members are familiar faces from the Woodstock Hospital and Helen Bowden Nurses’ Home. They are occupying some of the abandoned wards and rooms to demonstrate that the city does not have to send the homeless to the Wolwerivier and Blikkiesdorp transitional camps, up to 30km outside the Cape Town CBD.

The 10 city-owned sites marked for affordable housing are in Salt River, Woodstock, and in the city centre, Brett Herron said in his address to the Fourth Annual Affordable Housing Conference. He is the city’s mayoral committee member for urban development and transport.


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