#StopTheSale of Tafelberg

Cape Town remains a city where Black African and Coloured people particularly working-class are excluded from Cape Town inner city and suburbs such as Sea Point and Green Point. Not one affordable home has been built on state land in these areas since apartheid formally ended in 1994.   

I, therefore, object to the sale of Tafelberg Remedial School and Wynard Mansions (formerly homes for poor people) by Premier Helen Zille and MEC Donald Grant for the following reasons:

1.       Well-located, state-owned land is desperately needed for housing. It cannot be sold to a white private school, to advance the interests of mainly wealthy people in Sea Point. This is unjust because it perpetuates apartheid.

2.       Black African and Coloured domestic workers, gardeners, security guards, waiters, shop-assistants already live in Sea Point but in terrible conditions in basements, storage and “quarters”. Many face the threat of eviction. Others embark on long, costly and dangerous commutes daily.

3.       The Western Cape Provincial Government agrees that the land is suitable for affordable housing for Black African and Coloured working-class people.

4.       Property values in Cape Town inner city, Sea Point and Green Point have risen too fast pushing-out not only working-class people out of the area but increasingly middle-class people such as teachers cannot afford high rents or property prices.

5.       Well-located land is a scarce resource and every law and policy on housing, spatial planning and land-use calls for spatial justice.

6.       Selling well-located state land in Sea Point conflicts with the Constitution which requires urban land reform and equitable access for Black African, Coloured and Indian people - particularly the most vulnerable.

7.       Colonial and Apartheid governments forcibly removed Black African, Coloured and Indian people from Sea Point, Green Point and Cape Town CBD. The Provincial Government and City governments have thus far failed to end this apartheid or to ensure effective restitution. It is their obligation to do so now.

The Western Cape High Court ordered Premier Helen Zille, Minister Donald Grant and their government to open the submission period for objections to the transfer of Tafelberg Remedial School and Wynyard Mansions.  This presents them with a unique opportunity to reverse an irrational and unlawful decision to sell state land in Sea Point to mainly White wealthy people.

We want to live in a Cape Town that is home to everyone and therefore we ask Premier Helen Zille to ensure that affordable housing is built on this state land in Sea Point.

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