For almost 400 years Cape Town has been spatially divided into racial groups. Housing development in the postapartheid era has largely sustained racial segregation with ever-increasing housing prices in exclusive luxury developments and the state prioritising delivery of affordable housing on the outskirts of the city.

In this context, access to affordable homes in good locations — close to jobs, hospitals, good public schools and other social amenities — remains an unrealised pipe dream for the majority of the working class. For instance, nurses, police officers, firefighters and government employees, despite playing an essential public role, are forced to live far from work opportunities in areas more prone to gangsterism, poverty and crime...

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