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Land draft policy penalises

9 December 2004

When the City of Cape Town sells off unwanted council property, previously disadvantaged (including disabled people and white woman) people will pay much less than white males, according to a new draft policy. The controversial draft Economic Empowerment for Property Disposal policy which is open for public comment until 13 December proposes a points system to determine the winning bids for property.

The points will be awarded according to the price offered, the race of the potential buyer, gender, disability, and the potential contribution to job creation, and community and environmental upliftment. While the policy has been commended in some quarters for attempting to redress the imbalances of the past, it has also been criticised for "taking empowerment too far".

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