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Ivo Vegter Calls for the Privatisation of State Owned Land in the Western Cape

Extreme EnvironmentIvo Vegter, author of Extreme Environment, has written a column for the Daily Maverick about land ownership issues in the Western Cape.

The 2011 Census revealed that 14% of the Western Cape’s residents live in informal dwellings with the national average sitting at 13.6%. Vegter looks at Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s explanation as to why the number of people without formal housing was higher in her province and he addresses issues surrounding land ownership with the suggestion that state owned land be privatised.

The ANC, which rules everywhere except in Western Cape, is very upset about this annoying fact. So upset, that its youth wing has been threatening to undermine the provincial government by stoking popular protests. Without wishing to accuse anyone, such protests would be indistinguishable from the supposedly spontaneous kind that recently escalated into violent riots in a number of Western Cape farming communities.

Meanwhile, the recently released Census 2011 is pouring data of variable quality onto journalists’ desks; numbers that this one has scarcely even begun to digest. However, critics of the Democratic Alliance, which runs the Western Cape, have latched onto one number that (unlike all the others) appears to prove a point about the inadequacy of the province’s government.

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