SA Affordable Housing January - February 2019 // Issue: 74 - Page 5

NEWS Battle for an affordable Cape Town Recent controversy surrounding Cape Town’s ex-mayor and an ex-DA member has exposed a lack of priority for the City’s affordable housing sector. I n late 2018 the DA’s near constant troubles with former Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille has had a side effect – it laid bare the city’s lack of inner-city development in affordable housing and thrust the gentrification of the city’s suburbs into the spotlight. As a parting shot to her former party, De Lille claims affordable housing has not been prioritised in the city. “Under my leadership, we released 11 pieces of (public- owned) land in Salt River, Woodstock and the city centre. And those people, opponents against integration, mobilised other councillors to block all of these projects. I have done nothing wrong, neither has councillor Brett Herron,” says De Lille. Brett Herron had resigned his position as mayoral committee member for urban development a week earlier under a cloud of controversy claiming that he was resigning as a cabal within the DA was blocking the construction of affordable housing at the available Salt River Market site. A few weeks later he doubled down claiming that building on a second site had also been disrupted. “The Green Point recreation site has been identified for another mixed-use, mixed-income development, including affordable housing. There is a fantastic development scheme that is in the planning stage for this site. However, that cabal is blocking the progress of that project, too,” he