This is an extract from a post by Eighty20, which you can find on the Eighty20 website. To read the submission to the Western Cape Government on Tafelberg by the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa, click here .
The furore over the sale of the Tafelberg site by the Western Cape Department of Public Works has highlighted key issues regarding affordable housing and integration. The debate has highlighted how poorly equipped we are at visioning a housing future outside of the relatively static parameters of our housing policy. That policy could be characterised as one that sees the state providing for the needs of households who earn below a given income threshold, with the private sector meeting the needs of those who are deemed to earn enough to afford what private developers can deliver.