INTEGRATE FOREIGNERS INTO LOW-COST HOUSING PROGRAMMES: RESEARCHERS

INTEGRATE FOREIGNERS INTO LOW-COST HOUSING PROGRAMMES: RESEARCHERS

Researchers have proposed that local governments integrate foreign nationals into their low-cost housing programmes.

Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon‚ lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand’s department of social anthropology‚ said the provision of housing in big cities should not be seen as a problem facing foreign nationals but the continuation of a backlog which has its roots in the country’s past.

“I don’t think foreign nationals should get most of the housing but I do think that there should be mechanisms in low-cost housing development schemes for some level of inclusion. [In the City of Johannesburg] the DA has committed itself to the provision of low-cost housing in the inner city and that is a good development. But there needs to be a monitoring system to make sure that it caters for low-income needs.

“There also needs to be some integration of foreign nationals into this programme. Also in the interim‚ one has to provide basic services to the occupied [hijacked buildings]. There needs to be monitoring of evictions because the way that they are carried out in the city is very violent‚” said Wilhelm-Solomon.

Wilhelm-Solomon was speaking on the sidelines of an indaba organized by the SA Human Rights Commission which is looking at the provision of housing for migrants in the cities and towns of Gauteng.

The issue of access to housing for migrants‚ especially foreign ones‚ has been a contentious one since Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba announced that the city would take over hijacked buildings and convert them into low-cost housing. Mashaba also absolved the city from any responsibility for foreign nationals living in Johannesburg.

Wilhelm-Solomon said the cities should provide some form of basic services to hijacked buildings while looking for a permanent solution.

“You have very low-income groups living in these buildings. This idea that these buildings are run by criminals is not always the case. There should be engagement by the municipal government to provide basic service to improve living conditions. I don’t think this present policy of just raiding the buildings is going to work. I think you need participatory governance that engages communities living in these buildings.”

Meanwhile‚ the SA Human Rights Commission’s provincial manager‚ Buang Jones‚ told the indaba that Mashaba would be at the organization’s office on Thursday following a complaint about his utterances on foreigners.

“A complaint was lodged with the Gauteng office of the SA Human Rights Commission in 2016. The complaint was about the utterances attributed to the mayor of Johannesburg. According to the complainant [African Diaspora]‚ the mayor’s utterances amounted to hate speech and were discriminatory towards foreign nationals.

“The best way to resolve this complaint is through an authentic dispute resolution mechanism. Both parties have indicated their availability to come to a mediation process on Thursday. This process is owned by the parties. The commission plays a facilitating role‚” said Jones.

Facebook Comments

About author

Nigerians in South Africa
Nigerians in South Africa 1845 posts

We are about democracy, human rights, public opinion, political behavior, civil rights and policy aimed at improving the human condition, with a focus on African countries.

You might also like

Politics 0 Comments

NIGERIANS LEAVING SA: ‘WE CAN’T WAIT TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE’

Later, the same day, a 34-year-old Nigerian mother of three found herself seated on the steel benches in the departure terminal at OR Tambo International Airport. Nigerians who took up

Community 0 Comments

Three Die in Owerri Market’s Protest

Three people were killed on Saturday in a protest by Owerri natives following the demolition of the Eke Onunwa market by the state government. But the Police Public Relations Officer,

Business 0 Comments

FOREIGNERS RULE INFORMAL TRADING (OUTCOMPETING EVEN SHOPRITE). CONSUMERS WIN!

Informal traders are 7% cheaper on average than large, formal retailers such as Shoprite, a survey by SBGS and informal sector activations firm Minanawe Marketing showed. Informal traders are usually

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply