Mbeki says land allocation system is unfair

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President Thabo Mbeki says new housing projects should assist in reversing the settlement patterns enforced under apartheid. He was addressing the opening of the Brickfields Housing Project in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Mbeki says new housing developments should foster a non-racial and non-sexist society. He says the urgent challenge is to end pro-rich housing development strategies which ensure that well-located land near the best facilities is always available to the rich and is often set aside for gated communities and golf estates.

Mbeki says this is in stark contrast to land made available to the poor, which often comprises of dusty semi-developed plots far from modern facilities.

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