On 2 August 2018, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) was invited to participate in a briefing session on the City of Johannesburg’s proposed Inclusionary Housing Policy at the City Council Chamber building in Johannesburg. The MMC of Development Planning, Counsellor Reuben Masango, and the City Transformation and Spatial Planning team developing the policy invited all parties who had submitted written comments on the draft policy to review the submitted comments, review the updated draft policy, and discuss the way forward.
The City had received 57 submissions commenting on the draft Inclusionary Housing Policy from property developers, academics, residents, government departments, and non-profit organisations (including SERI). Under the new policy, any new development with 20 or more units would be subject to the inclusionary housing requirement, however, that requirement could be met by ensuring that:
SERI's submission on the first draft of the City's policy welcomed the spirit of the policy for attempting to address the acute lack of rental housing that caters for poor and low-income households in the City in a manner that promotes spatial justice. However, the updated draft policy has lost that spirit and will likely fall short of addressing the lack of affordable housing for the approximately 49% of inner-city households in Johannesburg, who according the 2011 Census, earn below R3,200 a month.