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One plot, three dwellings: Cape Town loosens ‘spatial apartheid’

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One plot, three dwellings: Cape Town loosens ‘spatial apartheid’

FREE TO READ | Part of a push to create more inclusive communities with access to improved services

Senior science reporter

Three is no longer a crowd in Cape Town, where homeowners are now allowed to have three dwellings on a single residential plot.

The city council’s bylaw amendment, which was approved this week, is intended to increase the density of residential accommodation. Marian Nieuwoudt, the mayoral committee member for spatial planning, said it was part of a push by the council “to create more inclusive communities with access to improved services, job opportunities, affordable housing and public transport”.

But social justice organisation Ndifuna Ukwazi said the council was paying lip service to addressing the “spatial apartheid” that still exists in Cape Town...

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