Gateway to purgatory
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