Key Points:

This debate, hosted by CDE on October 2001, highlighted the mixture of motives for the Bredell land invasion, ranging from genuine need to opportunism. The discussion made it clear that housing delivery must be accelerated, the government should improve its communication strategies and there is a need to be vigilant about what is happening in communities, where local particularities combine with general needs to create sometimes volatile situations.

The speakers were Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele, minister of housing; Paul Maseko, city manager of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan council; Rose Molokoane, national chair of the South African Homeless People’s Federation; and Cedric de Beer, CEO of the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (NURCHA). The debate was chaired by Prof Sipho Seepe, principal of Vista University’s Sebokeng campus.

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