8 June 2016
Attention: The Western Cape Provincial Government
Desegregate Cape Town: Transform the Tafelberg Site into a Space of Social Housing
Cape Town is a divided city. The majority of its working, unemployed and underemployed Black and Coloured population have been forced to live on the city’s periphery with poor quality schools and amenities while former white neighbourhoods such as the City Bowl, Green Point, and Sea Point have access to quality schools and recreational facilities.
The availability of the vacant Tafelberg site in Sea Point offers the City and Provincial governments with an excellent opportunity to start the long overdue process of deracialising the legacy of apartheid spatial segregation in the city of Cape Town by transforming this site into a space of social housing. In fact, the Western Cape Provincial Government has produced reports which proposed that the site be utilised for affordable housing. The City and Provincial governments should implement these proposals.
We call on the Western Cape Provincial Government to halt the sale of the Tafelberg erf. Selling the Tafelberg property to developers or the highest bidder will simply reinforce the apartheid legacy of socio-spatial segregation.
Dr. Abdulrazak Karriem (Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape)
Dr. Leon Pretorious (School of Government, University of the Western Cape)
Mr. Mark Hoskins (Department of Political Studies, University of the Western Cape)