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SONA DEBATE: SALGA calls for strategically located land  for local government to speed up spatial development




Posted: 26 June 2019

SALGA President Cllr Thembi Nkandimeng says one of the biggest challenges facing the country was to transform fragmented and inefficient spatial patterns that were left by centuries of colonialism.

 “As a country, we suffered from the colonialism of a special type which created laws that deliberately fragmented our towns and cities to promote segregation. While we have made remarkable progress in building over 3 million houses for our people, we have unwittingly perpetuated the legacy of the Native Land Act and subsequent Group Areas Act by locating most of these houses far away from centres of opportunity,” said President Nkadimeng.

 Speaking during the joint sitting debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, 25 June 2019, President Nkadimeng told Parliament that while the country has made remarkable progress in building over 3 million houses for the people, the government has unwittingly perpetuated the legacy of the Native Land Act and subsequent Group Areas Act by building houses far away from centres of opportunity.

 “No municipality or planner would plan for this if it were not for a distorted land market. It is in this context that SALGA welcomes the commitment to provide well-located housing and land,” President Nkadimeng said.

 SALGA has called for President Cyril Ramaphosa to assist local government to acquire strategically located land that is owned by other spheres of government, State Owned Entities, and private landowners to unblock bottlenecks associated with inter-State land transfers.

Local government remains committed to being part of the creation of efficient land administration, management and governance that will become the bedrock of spatial transformation and inclusive economic growth.


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