New so­cial en­ter­prise busi­ness model and strat­egy en­ables growth sus­tain­abil­ity

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

ANTHEA HOUSTON, CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE, COMMUNICARE Decades of calls for the pro­vi­sion of af­ford­able hous­ing have not re­solved hous­ing prob­lems in the city. Most of Cape Town’s peo­ple con­tinue to live in town­ships with un­der-re­sourced schools, clin­ics and po­lice sta­tions. Worse yet, many are in in­for­mal set­tle­ments that of­fer lit­tle dig­nity with only ba­sic ac­cess to run­ning wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion. The so­cial in­jus­tice of these liv­ing con­di­tions is self- ev­i­dent when we con­sider Cape Town’s wealth and the course of his­tory which dis­en­fran­chised many peo­ple, strip­ping them of their land and prop­erty in places like Sea Point, Dis­trict Six, Clare­mont, Nd­abeni and Si­mon­stown.

Work­ing in tan­dem with this sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, the state’s poli­cies on sep­a­rate ed­u­ca­tion and job preser­va­tion se­cured the eco­nomic ex­clu­sion of the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple. Find­ing an ef­fec­tive path out of this eco­nomic ex­clu­sion is one of the most ur­gent chal­lenges fac­ing South Africa to­day. in af­ford­able hous­ing in lo­ca­tions such as Brook­lyn, Bothasig and Steen­berg, close to pub­lic trans­port and eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity. This has helped to re­verse the legacy of apartheid-era spa­tial plan­ning. Re­gret­tably, so­cial hous­ing de­liv­ery is on the de­cline due to reg­u­la­tory con­straints. City Coun­cil’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment de­vel­op­ing so­cial hous­ing in Salt River.

With such high level sup­port we are con­fi­dent that the fea­si­bil­ity study we are pack­ag­ing for the City on their Salt River Mar­ket prop­erty can pro­ceed as an in­clu­sive project that pushes against the tide of gen­tri­fi­ca­tion.

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