By 4.30 each morning, office manager Joe Mthembu is on his way to work: a 20-minute walk to the taxi rank, a 30km minibus ride, another 1km walk, and another 20km taxi ride.It’s 7.30am by the time he reaches his job in Morningside. The commute costs him about a third of his salary each month — and that’s not counting lost time.This is the reality for many South Africans, who remain saddled with the spatial legacy of apartheid. They live far from places of employment and economic opportunity, a historical hangover that entrenches social and economic divides.For the City of Joburg the solution, in part, lies in its inclusionary housing policy.Approved by the council on February 21 and set to take effect on May 22, it stipulates that all new residential developments will have to include an affordable component for low- and low-middle-income households (those earning less than R7,000 a month) or for "households that may not otherwise afford to live in those developments".Reuben Masango...

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