Foreshore Freeway Project

Winning Foreshore freeway bid slammed for 'token amount of affordable housing'

Lobby group Ndifuna Ukwazi says the winning bid for the Foreshore freeway project leaves much to be desired.

On Monday, the City of Cape Town announced Mitchell du Plessis Associates as the qualifying bidder for the project.

The proposal outlines plans to finish the Foreshore freeways, while also building high-rise tower blocks of apartments across four precincts on the land between the freeways.

Read: City announces qualifying Foreshore Freeway Precinct bid

The development proposes a combination of approximately 3 200 market-related residential units and a minimum of 450 affordable residential units.

City planning expert Prof Vanessa Watson says the bid fails to address the socio-economic imbalances of apartheid spatial planning.

She adds that there are no signs of mixed-use development and says the bid violates the City's qualifying criteria.

Ndifuna Ukwazi spokesperson Julian Sendin says the bid offers a token amount of affordable housing.

Sendin claims that the City was not clear enough when outlining the brief for the R8 billion project.

The bid they've chosen conforms to almost none of the strict criteria which the City set out. This is very surprising.

Prof Vanessa Watson, founder and executive member of UCT's African Centre for Cities

There's a strong requirement for a significant proportion of affordable housing. The 450 units included in this proposal is tokenism. It's a drop in the ocean, they can't be serious.

Prof Vanessa Watson, founder and executive member of UCT's African Centre for Cities

There's no reason why there shouldn't be a significant proportion of affordable housing included in this development.

Prof Vanessa Watson, founder and executive member of UCT's African Centre for Cities

It's housing squashed between the freeways. The towers erect a large wall between Cape Town and the sea.

Prof Vanessa Watson, founder and executive member of UCT's African Centre for Cities

The architects are just not in touch with what's going on.

Prof Vanessa Watson, founder and executive member of UCT's African Centre for Cities

This really is a token amount of affordable housing.... It's quite frankly a joke.

Julian Sendin, spokesperson at Ndifuna Ukwazi 

We've landed up with a bad outcome, because the City's brief was bad. The City did not nail down what it was trying to achieve.

Julian Sendin, spokesperson at Ndifuna Ukwazi 

Over the next six months, the city will have to conclude an agreement with the selected bidder.

The qualifying bidder will have to finalise an investment plan and secure financing for the project.

Take a listen to the arguments:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Winning Foreshore freeway bid slammed for 'token amount of affordable housing'


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