SA Affordable Housing July / August 2018 // Issue: 71 - Page 26

FEATURES Dealing with apartheid spatial planning The democratic government inherited apartheid’s legacy of spatial planning which placed poor communities away from economic, social and educational opportunities. By Ntsako Khosa A ccording to research foundation, South African Cities Network, apartheid spatial design produced inefficient cities that suffer from sprawl and spatially entrenched segregation. The National Development Plan recognises this and states that ‘new spatial arrangements could fundamentally transform job and livelihood prospects for the poor’. Karishma Busgeeth, manager for monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management at the Housing Development Agency (HDA) says that transformation is ongoing at different rates in different forms. “There are however excellent pockets of transformation.” The HDA is a national public-sector development agency that acquires and prepares land as well as develops the land and project manages the development of housing and human settlements, shares Trafalgar Property Group MD, Andrew Schaefer’s perspective. Over the years, various cities have worked around creating an integrated city providing access to different class groups and injecting diversity in and around the area. Schaefer says that there has been some progress in city transformation linked to demographic of tenants. “In Johannesburg we see increased clusters of foreign Africans living in clusters, living as a community.” He expresses that there’s also been a fair amount of building developments, conversions and refurbishments, “to try and improve conditions of buildings thus making residential accommodation available which taps into the demand for accommodation in the cities, are well-located area.” “The most significant public-sector investments have been in low-income housing, public transport infrastructure, and bulk infrastructure for basic services provision, as well as improved access to health and education,” shares Busgeeth. Introductions of in