Reclaim the City is a social movement of tenants and workers struggling to gain access to land and affordable housing. It continues on its mission to fight for vacant land to be made available for affordable housing.
Nkosikhona Swaartbooi is head of political organising at Ndifuna Ukwazi, which is part of Reclaim the City. He says they have been writing to the deputy mayor Ian Nielson about a vacant piece of City-owned land along Main Road in Green Point that they argue should be made available for housing.
He says the land is surrounded by a bowling green‚ several tennis courts‚ Green Point Park‚ Metropolitan Golf Course and the Hamilton Rugby Club which are exclusively used by residents.
We know that there are domestic workers and security guards that have existed in Sea Point for decades and we haven't seen a plan from the City to accommodate them and that's an insult to the many generations that have existed in Sea Point...— Nkosikhona Swaartbooi, Head of political organising at NdifunaUkwazi
We are demanding that when the lease ends for that site, it should be used for affordable housing.— Nkosikhona Swaartbooi, Head of political organising at NdifunaUkwazi
Mayco member for Transport and Urban Development at City of Cape Town, Brett Herron says there are already plans in place to make the piece of land in question available for housing.
He says there are ongoing talks to determine what is meant by affordable housing.
The development of that site will include social housing for people who earn in the range of R1 500 to R15 000.— Brett Herron, MAYCO for Transport
It could take a while for building on the site to begin, he says, as it needs to be rezoned before any kind of development can take place.
The site is currently not zoned for residential purposes, but as a community facility and a public open space sports and recreations centre, explains Herron.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Reclaim the City fights the City for vacant land in Green Point