On 6 March 2020, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI) submitted an objection to the City of Cape Town's proposal to renew the lease of 45.99 hectares to the Rondebosch Golf Club in accordance with the invitation to submit written comments. The proposed lease would be for a period of ten years at a cost of R1,058 per year. The City proposes the lease to allow the land to maintain its sport and social use. The City states that the existence of the golf club would provide significant benefit to the community as well as rental income, profits from tourism and the creation of jobs through substantial investment into resort developments.
The submission argued that:
The Rondebosch site represents an opportunity for the City to disrupt this inequitable pattern of development, by providing affordable housing so that poor and working class people can take advantage of the benefits of economically and socially well-located land. The land in question is 45.99 hectares in extent, or an area the size of 45 full-sized soccer fields. It is located in close proximity to public hospitals, schools and is only 10 minutes away from the city centre. According to research conducted by activist organisation and law centre, Ndifuna Ukwazi, the parcel proposed for lease could yield 165,000m2 of floor space with around 2,500 new homes.7 Of these 2,500 units, 1,433 could be cross-subsidized affordable housing, providing homes to roughly 2,400 people who could otherwise not afford to live close to economic opportunities and decent social amenities.
SERI argued in its submission that the renewal of the lease of to the Rondebosch Golf Club will entrench prevailing patterns of ownership and advantage and will contradict the City’s constitutional obligation under section 25(5) to “take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to foster conditions which enable citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis.”
Read the full submission here.