- Category: Broadcast News
- Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:10
Despite claims to the contrary by the provincial government, South Africa's National Treasury says there are no “significant obstacles” to using available national housing subsidies, including those for social housing, on the Tafelberg site.
The Cape Times reports that the Treasury has slammed the Western Cape’s controversial decision to sell the Tafelberg site in Sea Point for R135 million to the Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School, saying it seemed inappropriate, particularly during a period of public sector spending restraint. In a scathing statement, the Treasury said: “South Africa’s cities, including Cape Town, remain deeply segregated, exclusionary environments. The persistence of inequality weakens the growth prospects for the country as a whole. All spheres of government need to work together on bold, practical actions to reverse this legacy and create conditions for faster, more inclusive growth.” Civil rights organisations Reclaim the City and Ndifuna Ukwazi are demanding that the site be used for affordable housing for poor working-class people.