‘Deracialising South African Suburbs a Priority’

‘Deracialising South African Suburbs a Priority’
Tokyo Sexwale

AFRICANGLOBE – The “deracialising” of South African suburbs is a priority, South Africa’s Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Wednesday.

Opening debate on his department’s R28.1 billion 2013/14 budget, he told MPs it would take “gigantic efforts, over a long period” to undo this legacy of White apartheid social engineering.

“Top of the list of all budgetary challenges that confront the entire country is that of having to tackle the unique question of deracialising residential space.”

Sexwale said his department’s “residential deracialisation strategy” was underpinned by seven elements.

These included “to deracialise White suburbs by continuing to oblige banks, through the Home Loan and Mortgage Disclosure Act, to provide loans to Black people desiring to buy properties in White areas…”.

His department was also spearheading – through its Social Housing Regulatory Authority – the purchase of high-rise office buildings in the centres of many major towns and cities.

“We are refurbish these offices, transform them into family units, and… (make) them available… (to) beneficiaries. This housing is popular among young couples, students and single mothers.”

His department had acquired inner-city land from other government departments, which had been used for settling families. Land outside the cities had been bought for the same purpose.

“This is earmarked at integrating people within the expanding outer city parameters, to position them within walking distance of vital amenities and facilities.”

Tokyo Sexwale said the upgrading of existing townships could not be neglected.

“We cannot neglect the Mamelodis, Sowetos, Umlazis… these are being upgraded,” he said.

On the provision of sanitation, Sexwale said the persistence of the bucket system in many parts of the country was unacceptable.

“It is totally unacceptable that although we provide funds, responsible government entities and certain municipalities fail to even build a simple toilet, while there is a serious stench of the bucket system in some parts of the country,” he said.

Earlier this month, Sexwale said his department would not meet the December 2014 deadline for eliminating the sanitation backlog.

Government’s original deadline to end the bucket system, the sanitation solution of last resort for millions of South Africans, was 2007.

Sexwale has indicated that eliminating it will take a further two to three years.


By: Richard Davies


  1. You gotta be joking. You still colonized and you asking for what? A lawn and a Bar BQ, in your own land, next to a White man in your land, while White people still own all the resources? Some kina drug make someone think like that?

  2. How so? I’m South African and I know what am talking about. Our suburbs are not racialised people of all ethnicity and colour live together in perfect harmony. What purpose would it serve to move blacks in the burbs just for the hell of it when they can’t afford the lifestyle? Having a white neighbour is not gonna create jobs, provide adequate housing, eradicate poverty, provide basic services (water, electricity, proper sanitation) nor improve our failing education system.

  3. Which SA does this retard Tokyo live in? Middle-class townships are being developed all over the country. Just b’cos he went and married a white woman and ended up living in the burbs, it doesn’t we all want to live among his uptight in-laws. We don’t want to integrate. Leave us alone!