FINQUESTION OF THE WEEK
Is social re-engineering of residential areas by Government the right way to create inclusive suburbs?
IT'S only when people of different races learn to live next to each other that true reconciliation starts taking place. It can’t be acceptable that the poor should stay far away from places of work and other social amenities. This social engineering will bring the poor close to areas of amenities.” employment and other social LINDIWE SISULU Minister of Housing
THE proposal is tantamount to an extra tax on developers, who now have to subsidise low-cost or affordable housing. Forced integration of socio-economic classes is as misguided as forced segregation of races. Should Government proceed with its proposal, new supply of houses in middle-class suburbs will screech to a halt – another example of the law of unintended consequences. ERWIN RODE Property economist
THE current marketdriven approach to planning has maintained apartheid settlement patterns, driving low-cost housing to the periphery of the cities. Cosatu supports Government-driven integrated spatial planning – to reverse the legacy of apartheid geography, discourage urban sprawl and provide affordable houses for workers closer to their workplaces. PATRICK CRAVEN Cosatu’s national spokesman
AS part of the urban housing solution the inclusion of lower income units in residential or mixed-use estates is the right way to go. The inefficiency of dormitory/edge city housing isn’t sustainable, albeit an inevitable part of our urban landscape. Multi pockets of mixed income estates throughout the city can theoretically be more effectively managed into the future. MARC SCHNEIDER MD of commercial property portal eProp