Media: Swiss NGO lashes N2 Gateway project

17 09 2009

Regan Thaw – Eyewitness News

A Swiss non-governmental grganisation has criticised the way in which the N2 Gateway project has been handled.

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions carried out a fact-finding mission late last year and released a report recently highlighting major flaws in the controversial project.

The centre says the project was poorly planned and has been badly managed.

It has warned the lack of adequate consultation with communities, such as the people from the Joe Slovo informal settlement, is likely to result in human rights violations.
Given its ambitious objectives of alleviating the housing woes of thousands of poor people, the centre says it is hardly surprising the initiative has become a site for politicking and inter-party rivalry.

The Western Cape Housing Department has in the past admitted there are problems with the project, but it has been quick to add they are being addressed.




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