PRESS RELEASE: ANC is concerned about issues City of Cape Town under DA administration is promoting:
TRAMWAY ROAD, SEA POINT LAND RESTITUTION
The first one is related to the Tramway land in Sea Point, where it is clear that a great swindle is unfolding to ensure that the area is gentrified and working families removed from the area under Apartheid Group Areas Act, do not get returned. The elaborate steps that we have seen and the misadvise to the communities to get them indebted, so the sale of the land is the only option for them. The position of the ANC is that the scandalous deals that are presently underway should be cancelled and the City along with National Government and the banks should write off the debt. The development should then start afresh, with the result that the people removed from the area are restored to the area, as the most desirable outcome in order to secure the ANC support.
PHILIPI HORTICULTURAL AREA (PHA)
The second issue related to the moving of the urban edge in Philippi. This is clearly an attempt by the City of Cape Town to create dumping grounds for poor people on the Cape Flats, irrespective of the impact on the rest of the society. The fundamental problem that leads to these adhoc actions of the City of Cape Town is the lack of a comprehensive housing plan for the City that addresses the crisis. We see the back log increasing every year and the legitimacy of the housing allocation process suffering a credibility crisis as housing lists are manipulated under the DA ADMINISTRATION. We need a coherent plan for housing that addresses the crisis.
We need to use areas like the Mowbray Golf Course to build low cost housing closer to the city and the work opportunities.
We should secure food security so that we are able to keep prices of vegetables lower for the communities of Cape Town.
We need to defend the farmlands so that we can secure proper housing for farm workers in the areas.
This may become a dumping ground for all informal houses in the Southern Suburbs.
People who are living on private property must be given access to housing on land that exist across the city.
We are opposed to the moving of the Urban edge for the reasons forwarded by the City of Cape Town. The issues put forward by the PHA Forum needs to be properly considered and reports from officials tasked to do the Food security study properly evaluated. This matter must be deferred by the Council so that we can have a proper debate across the society as to what to do about housing, farming and the moving of the urban edge, and we should stop the expediency of the DA.
For questions please call Councillors Tony Ehrenreich, Charlotte Heynes or Jerimia Thuynsma