There has finally been an agreement between the Department of Human Settlements, the Housing Development Agency (HDA) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) regarding one of the broadcaster’s buildings in Sea Point.
The agreement comes after the SABC has accepted an offer of R50 million from the HDA for its Rocklands Villa property. The property, which is zoned for residential development and business, is situated in a well-located area less than 5km away from the CBD.
The property was intended to be auctioned off as part of SABC’s business recovery strategy in May this year, however, the auction was cancelled after the HDA and national Department of Human Settlements applied for an urgent interdict to stop the sale.
According to the land activist organisation, Ndifuna Ukwazi, the sale of the property now paves the way for it to be used for the development of affordable housing.
Head of Political Organising at the organisation, Buhle Booi, says the sale of the Rocklands Villa to the HDA for affordable housing, along with their recent prevention of the sale of the Tafelberg property, is a victory for Ndifuna Ukwazi and Reclaim the City in their efforts to turn the tide on apartheid geography in Cape Town.
Meanwhile, Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, confirmed that the building will now be used to construct social housing units as she has always been committed to redressing apartheid spatial planning patterns, SABC reported.