After intense campaigning the Provincial Government requested the Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW), as the custodian of public land, to conduct a feasibility model for Social Housing on the site. This model was released in November 2016 and showed that 270 affordable rental units were feasible on the site.
This financial feasibility model was requested to enable the custodian and the Cabinet to rationally and comprehensibly consider the comments that had been received in respect of the proposed sale of the site.Provincial Cabinet (the executive authority which will decide on the fate of the site) will make a decision on the fate of the site on the 22nd March 2017.
The proposal underlying the DTPWs financial model is for a mixed-use mixed-income development which would comprise of social housing rental units, retail, a community facility in the historic building and a public open space. For an accessible explanation of the model, see Ndifuna Ukwazi’s Tafelberg Feasibility Study: Companion Guide.
A diverse group of Sea Point residents have put forward a submission demanding affordable housing in response to the Province’s financial model:
WE DEMAND THAT THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT:
Stop the Sale of Tafelberg & other well-located public land
Build affordable housing on well-located public land
Act to prevent unjust evictions and displacement
IN RESPONSE TO THE FINANCIAL MODEL FOR SOCIAL HOUSING ON THE TAFELBERG SITE, WE DEMAND THAT THE WESTERN CAPE GOVERNMENT:
Use the Tafelberg site effectively and efficiently
Cross-subsidise Social Housing without Compromising Social Housing
Keep Social Housing Affordable & Accessible
Ensure that community members can be employed in the development
Be Efficient, Transparent, and Accountable
- Address the housing and shelter needs of street people
See full submission here.
A Ndifuna Ukwazi has submitted a detailed three part submission to Province. Part One of this submission details the concept of spatial justice and how this applies in a Cape Town context and specifically to the disposal of Tafelberg. It also outlines why the original disposal is unlawful.
Part Two is a critique of the existing financial model which was compiled by the DTPW.
Part Three proposes a just vision for the site.
For a copy of the full submission click here.