The Mercury of today, August 20, 2008, reported that there is a gathering storm after an Ethekwini Municipality threat to expropriate 1200ha of sugar cane land near Umhlanga. The aim is fast-track a low-income housing development on the land which is owned by the Tongaat-Hulett Group. Negotiations are underway about a development in the area but their slow pace is apparently frustrating the housing committee led by S’bu Gumede.
An anonymous property specialist is quoted as saying that the Cornubia development could become “a model for integrated living between people of various race and income groups” but that, it was rushed through and merely consisted of 15000 low cost Smartie-box houses, then it would become a financial and human disaster.
The Democratic Alliance has said that the move to fast-track the development is electioneering and, considering that the next election is in 2009 and that the ANC has been busily making itself enemies all over town, I think they’re dead right.