Affordability and lawless landlords making residents lives difficult

High costs of apartments, illegal evictions and discrimination are some of the many challenges that tenants in Joburg and Cape Town's CBD are faced with.

702/Cape Talk's #FridayStandIn, Zackie Achmat, spoke to domestic worker, Thandeka Sisusa, and corporate worker, Kgothatso Meka, regarding their experiences of living in the Mother City's plush Seapoint suburb.

Sisusa has lived in Seapoint since she was 13 years old. She highlighted the limitations placed upon her stay in Seapoint due to her lower social class.

Meka moved to Cape Town from Johannesburg to further his career up the corporate ladder in the financial services industry.

Listen to the conversation below:

Sisusa shared her experience of living in Seapoint but being confined to a small room and being systemically excluded from enjoying what the prestigious has to offer.

When you are a domestic worker, you don't have freedom. You come in at the house, work and go back to the small space of your room.

Thandeka Sisusa, Seapoint resident

Meka lamented the lack of integration of people from different backgrounds and alienation of people of lower-income groups who can barely afford the basics.

One of the major disadvantages is the integration of the non-haves in the city centre... I've been lucky enough to have been afforded a good education.

Kgotshatso Meka, Seapoint resident

City of Joburg councillor, Dan Bovu, acknowledged the high rental rates in the inner-city, which make the cost of living unaffordable. He said there are regulations that are underway to protect tenants from illegal evictions by their landlords.

We want to have a market that is at R1000 and below in the inner city... We are still busy building the model.

Dan Bovu, City of Joburg councillor
Read More
Caught in the web of lies? How to identify a compulsive liar

Caught in the web of lies? How to identify a compulsive liar

What is a pathological liar and how to deal with one - find out how compulsive lying affects family life and other relationships.

The key drivers that prop up inequality in South Africa

The key drivers that prop up inequality in South Africa

The recent inequality report by Oxfam South Africa reveals that the gap between the rich and the poor is increasing.

Grace Bible Church: We take a biblical view of marriage

Grace Bible Church: We take a biblical view of marriage

Grace Bible Church spokesperson says the church does not discriminate against gay people, despite being against what they do.

Mining job cuts on the cards, industry won't be No.1 employer again - analyst

Mining job cuts on the cards, industry won't be No.1 employer again - analyst

Labour and mining analyst predicts SA mining industry will never return to its heydey of being the largest contributor to GDP.

Trans kids need to be supported (not surpressed) by parents, says Dr Eve

Trans kids need to be supported (not surpressed) by parents, says Dr Eve

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve discusses the debate on gender diversity and the rights and agency of transgender children growing up.

#30PlusAppreciation: Lebo Mashile gives thumbs-up to redefining aging

#30PlusAppreciation: Lebo Mashile gives thumbs-up to redefining aging

Poet, actor and author Lebo Mashile speaks about how she has learned to trust herself and listen to her instincts as she ages.

Popular articles
Driving lessons to be incorporated into SA school's curriculum

Driving lessons to be incorporated into SA school's curriculum

Spokesperson for Transport Minister, Dipou Peters, says learners will be given an opportunity to become good and safe drivers.

LISTEN: I paid for sound system from my own personal account - Phahlane

LISTEN: I paid for sound system from my own personal account - Phahlane

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says he paid for his R80 0000 sound system at his house in Pretoria.

Public servants to have their red carpet moment at SA politician awards

Public servants to have their red carpet moment at SA politician awards

The brains behind the South African Politician Awards denies that he is hosting the event to rub shoulders with political bigwigs.

Madonsela warns against appointing woman President as a proxy

Madonsela warns against appointing woman President as a proxy

Former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela addressed the Cape Town Press Club on a number of issues.

Lumka Oliphant sorry for insulting women while defending Minister

Lumka Oliphant sorry for insulting women while defending Minister

Minister Bathabile Dlamini's spokesperson says people should stop spreading lies that minister drinks alcohol.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Meet Chuma Somdaka, a homeless artist who blogs about art

Meet Chuma Somdaka, a homeless artist who blogs about art

Chuma spends her days making art and her nights on a bench in The Company's Garden in Cape Town where she displays her artwork.