“Ultimately‚ we must all ask ourselves‚ irrespective of our views on how to do business‚ what kind of City do we want? Do we want to further entrench apartheid spatial planning or do we want an inclusive city whose development will foster economic and racial integration?” Mashaba asked.
He said the people of Johannesburg wanted an inclusive City‚ that “no longer reflects the painful memory of a segregated past.”
He said the city believed that the private sector had a role to play in the provision of affordable housing‚ and that the role stems not only from social responsibility‚ but also from the value provided to developers by the city in terms of land use rights and bulk infrastructure.
Some of this value must be returned to the residents of the City‚ Mashaba said.
He said one way of addressing the housing crisis is to “rid ourselves of the mistaken belief that there is no good business to be done in the affordable or low-cost rental housing market.”