On 11 November 2021, the Daily Maverick published an op-ed entitled "Rapid land release for housing sounds great in theory, but well-structured delivery is key to its success", written by former SERI intern Amaarah Garda and SERI’s research and advocacy officer, Edward Molopi. The op-ed considers the claims and prospects of the land release programme and its implications for local government.
“As the dust settles on the local government elections amidst a crisis at the municipal sphere, fiscal “austerity” and deteriorating livelihoods, we need to hold government to account on where resources are spent and how. While rapid land delivery holds much promise, it could fall short without transparency, consultation, quality service delivery and timeous approvals”, they conclude.
Read the full op-ed here.