This paper has been compiled by Ndifuna Ukwazi following extensive consultation with practitioners and experts in housing finance, architecture, social housing, city planning, urban design, and local and provincial government. Part One deals with the context of the Tafelberg site – the history of forced removals in Sea Point; the Western Cape and City of Cape Town’s embarrassing track record in the sphere of affordable housing; the constitutional, legislative and policy frameworks which place obligations on government to de-segregate our society; and the ever-increasing need for spatial justice in a city overrun by financially-motivated developments. Part Two is a critique of the financial model published last year by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works; and finally, Part Three presents two alternative models.
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Ndifuna Ukwazi is an activist organisation and law centre that promotes the realisation of Constitutional Rights and Social Justice – through legal, research and organising support to working class people, communities and social movements. The organistion works to advance urban land justice – that is the protection and promotion of access to affordable, well located housing in Cape Town; building inclusive and sustainable mixed use and mixed income communities; and supporting tenant rights and security of tenure in both private and public housing.