Premier Helen Zille has again called on national government to release land to the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town.
Zille says that the land owned by national government could help with provincial government’s plans to deliver affordable housing.
She claims that local government has been in talks with key departments since 2006.
There are some land holdings, owned by national government, but currently utilised by the SANDF, which could be developed.
Zille has identified Wingfield, near Goodwood, as one of the prime sites in Cape Town which could help address the housing backlog.
Wingfield is about 54.8 hectares. Zille says it could allow for about 20 000 housing opportunities.
Wingfield is a very good piece of land. It would primarily be for the gap market.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Unfortunately, SANDF at the time wanted R1 billion to move from that site which put it way out of reach of the City of Cape Town.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
We have been trying to push for affordable, well-located urban housing for a very long time.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
I've been working on this plan since 2016. To get SANDF or even Transnet to release this land, to help us with this objective, has been the battle.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
We will continue to battle on and on.— Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier
Other prime sites which have been fingered in the past include Youngsfield near Wynberg and the Ysterplaat Air Force Base.
Zille discusses local government's efforts to try secure land for the development of 100 000 affordable housing units in Cape Town.
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