On 20 April 2018, SERI participated in a discussion workshop on the City of Johannesburg's draft inclusionary housing policy hosted by the South African Research Chair on Spatial Analysis and City Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The City published the draft policy, along with its draft Nodal Review, on 28 February 2018 and has invited interested parties to submit written comments on the policy by 30 April 2018.
The discussion workshop consisted of Acting Assistant Director of Metro Planning for the City of Johannesburg, Dylan Weakly, presenting the City's proposed policy and answering questions about its application and implementation. The discussion workshop, which was attended by government officials at city, provincial and national levels, civil society representatives and academics, illicited considerable discussion and debate about the value and limitations of the City's draft policy.
The majority of participants welcomed the City's attempts to address spatial justice and provide more affordable rental housing stock. However, participants also voiced concern about the draft policy's lack of accountability mechanisms, the issue of the costs of utilities, the inability of the policy to satisfactorily address the housing needs of low-income residents (at scale), and various loopholes contained in the policy (which property developers are likely to exploit).
SERI senior research associate, Michael Clark, attended the discussion workshop.