A government plan to redress forced removals under apartheid is about to hit one of the country’s most expensive suburbs.

Residents of Constantia in Cape Town may finally have to welcome some not so well-heeled neighbours as plans to build about 750 houses and triple-storey flats for low-and middle-income families start to take shape.

This is almost 50 years after the Group Areas Act led to the forced removal of thousands of families from their homes in areas such as District Six, Claremont and Constantia in Cape Town, Cato Manor in Durban and Sophiatown in Johannesburg.

Land claimants are among scores of families set to benefit from a Western Cape government project to house people closer to economic hubs.

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)