Land reform farce: 25 idle plots of land owned by government in Cape Town

Land reform farce: 25 idle plots of land owned by government in Cape Town

- Reclaim the City is an organisation fighting for low-cost social housing in Cape Town

- Reclaim the City has revealed 25 plots of land owned by the 3 spheres of government, which could be used to build social housing

- Some of the land earmarked by Reclaim the City is currently being used as military basis and others already have established income generating business on them

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There is no doubt that land reform is a highly talked about issue in South Africa at the moment. Last week Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favour of land expropriation without compensation.

Some have applauded the move while others have expressed fears about how the policy can and will affect the economy if poorly implemented.

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Others have pointed out that the government already owns vast tracts of idle land which could and should be used to benefit the poor, this could be by farming projects, factories or in urban areas to build social housing.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Reclaim the City is an advocacy group based in Cape Town. The organisation fights for the rights of low-income workers, their mandate is simple: Resist unjust evictions. Disrupt property power. Occupy public buildings. Stop the sale of public land. Build affordable housing. Desegregate the city.

Reclaim the City recently revealed that in Cape Town alone, there are at least 25 idle plots of land owned by the three spheres of government. The organisation argues these plots of land could be developed to provide housing and income-generating businesses for the poorest of the poor.

In a Facebook post, the organisation lists 25 pieces of land and whether it is owned by the City of Cape Town, the Province of the Western Cape or the National government.

The post is listed here:

It remains unclear why certain properties which are currently empty plots of land shouldn’t be used for social housing, while other properties listed by the organisation are military bases, and income generating businesses.

One thing remains clear, the topic of land reform will divide opinions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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