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COSATU calls for WCape Government to consult with social partners on the provision of housing for the poorer communities

5 December 2013

COSATU is pleased to see the apparent change of heart of the religious leaders, who are now to march side-by-side with the poor to highlight the appalling conditions in which they are forced to live.

COSATU reiterates its call for leaders of the religious communities to facilitate a process whereby the DA-led provincial government and the City of Cape Town are compelled to negotiate with leaders of community-based organisations on the provision of housing for poorer communities.

COSATU calls for the land in the City Bowl and the wealthy areas to be used for Gap and lower cost high density housing. There are a significant number of people who work in the City Bowl who have to travel long distances from the Cape Flats to and from work. The state land in City Bowl represents a great opportunity to house workers closer to their workplaces.

This will also give us the opportunity to integrate the City and finally remove the artificial barriers forced upon the citizens of this city, along race and class lines.

COSATU calls for an urgent decision to develop land to bring people from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha closer to the City. The Council of the City of Cape Town and the racist Ratepayer Associations should not be allowed to block developments because of their focus to defend the apartheid generational advantages of certain communities. Indeed the process of integration and densification become imperatives if the urban edge is to be maintained for any extended period.

Again, we commend the initiative taken by religious leaders but implore that this is not seen as a short term march with the poor for a day but that they stay for the long haul to address the inequalities that remain stark in this divided city of ours.

With questions, please call COSATU W Cape Provincial Organiser, Mike Louw, on 082 3395443