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TTPod Ep. 37: Fields of Dreams (or just 'plain dreaming’)

Release of state-owned land for public housing

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Chadernnay Glen, Community Organisation Resource Centre , Adi Kumar, Development Action Group, Michael Clark, Ndifuna Ukwazi

29 August 2021

Peter Ahmad


Peter Ahmad


Talking Transformation Podcast

South Africa

This episode of the Talking Transformation Podcast tackles the issue of state-owned land and its importance in supporting spatial transformation and city-building. It comes at a time when Illegal land occupations and the quantum of informal settlements in many of the towns and cities continues to increase. 

Many advocacy groups are critical in their assessment that spheres of government are unable to release state land for public benefit and much-needed housing programmes to address urbanisation and substantial housing backlogs. 

In June of 2021, the Development Action Group (DAG), along with Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU), SASDI alliance, the Legal Resources Centre, the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) and UCT’s Professor Vanessa Watson held a virtual public meeting to discuss the merits of releasing three state-owned land parcels in Cape Town, namely: Wingfield, Ysterplaat and Youngsfield. These advocacy groups suggest these well-located land parcels could house in excess of 120,000 Capetonians and 40,000 homes.

This episode revisits the propositions made at that meeting and we hear from three of the participants: Adi Kumar from (DAG), Chadernnay Glenn (CORC) and Michael Clark (NU).

The public sectors voice is missing from this episode and, as you’ll hear, it’s something we aim to address in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, enjoy the episode and thoughts from passionate representations from the NGO sector.

Recorded Tuesday 17th August 2021.


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Adequacy of shelter


Affordable housing

Affordable housing market

Breaking New Ground

Built environment

Cape Town


Cities and towns

City planning

Civil society organisations

Community participation


Government programmes



Housing administration

Housing agencies

Housing needs

Housing planning

Housing policy

Human settlements



Land access

Land acquisition

Land policies

Land rights activists


Planning and management



Property rights

Right of access

Social justice

South Africa

Spatial development

Spatial justice

Spatial planning

Spatial transformation

Stable communities


Town and country planning


Urban and Regional Dynamics

Urban development

Urban economics

Urban form

Urban futures

Urban growth

Urban planning

Urban renewal

Urban settlements

Urban sprawl


Vacant land


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