Is so­cial re-en­gi­neer­ing of res­i­den­tial ar­eas by Gov­ern­ment the right way to cre­ate in­clu­sive sub­urbs?

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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

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