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Redevelopment of District Six Under the Spotlight

September 6, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

6 September 2019

Expressions of interest for proposals to participate in the redevelopment of District Six in Cape Town are sought.

The rural development and land reform department published the call in Government Gazette 42684.

According to the notice, District Six is regarded as the urban flagship restitution project in the Western Cape.

Re-development has occurred in phases with the initial two pilot phases, namely, 24 duplex units in 2008 and 115 dwellings in 2013, completed which constitutes less than 10% of developable land.

Phase 3 is currently underway with 108 dwellings scheduled to be completed in 2020.

The construction of 954 residential units for the remaining restitution beneficiaries in District Six is still to be undertaken.

Submissions for Expression of Interest are invited until 30 September 2019.

Meanwhile, in parliament, the Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has elected Dr Mathole Motshekga as its chairperson.

In a statement, Dr Motshekga assured the public that the committee will receive and give equal weight to all submissions and complete its work within the prescribed time frames.

“We shall ensure that at all material times we shall put the interests of South Africa and her people, and her economic well-being on top of our agenda,” he said.

The plan is for the committee to report to the national assembly by 31 March 2020.

It consists of 11 voting members and 14 non-voting members.

Voting members will be drawn from the African National Congress (6), the Democratic Alliance (2), the Economic Freedom Fighters (1) and other parties (2).

The 14 non-voting members of the National Assembly will consist of the African National Congress (2), Democratic Alliance (1), Economic Freedom Fighters (1) and other parties (10).

An Ad Hoc Committee to Amend Section 25 of the Constitution was set up towards the end of the 5th parliament but could not complete its work before parliament was dissolved.

It produced a report which called for the 6th parliament to finalise the matter.

The Constitutional Review Committee had in 2018 called for parliament to amend section 25 of the Constitution to “make explicit that which is implicit in the Constitution, regarding expropriation of land without compensation, as a legitimate option for land reform, to address the historic wrongs caused by arbitrary dispossession of land, and in so doing ensure equitable access to land and further empower the majority of South Africans to be productive participants in ownership, food security and agricultural reform programs”.