Gate­way to pur­ga­tory

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THE N2 GATE­WAY PROJECT – in Cape Town’s old­est town­ship – has been mired in con­tro­versy. It’s sup­posed to de­liver 22 000 units for rent as a pi­lot project giv­ing ex­pres­sion to the ideals of sus­tain­able hu­man set­tle­ment – as de­fined by Gov­ern­ment’s 2004 Break­ing New Ground pol­icy.

While it’s the kind of project hous­ing ac­tivists and aca­demics have hailed as a step for­ward from the rows and rows of RDP homes in ar­eas far from city ameni­ties, it’s be­ing com­pli­cated by le­gal chal­lenges. Those in­clude court chal­lenges from res­i­dents who have re­fused to move to a tem­po­rary re­lo­ca­tion area in Delft, 40km away, to make way for the de­vel­op­ment.

Be­cause the Gate­way ini­tia­tive has in­volved na­tional, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal spheres of gov­ern­ment, it has also ex­posed the ugly, ter­ri­to­rial un­der­belly of in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal co-op­er­a­tion that’s so crit­i­cal for sus­tain­able hu­man set­tle­ment, where res­i­dents have ac­cess to proper in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties.

South Africa’s Au­di­tor Gen­eral has now tabled a spe­cial au­dit on the project. Apart from or­der­ing cor­rec­tive action to re­cover “fruit­less and waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture” the main points of con­cern, which have now been tabled in Par­lia­ment, in­clude:

Ugly un­der­belly of co-op­er­a­tion. Delft N2 Gate­way Project

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