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The South African government must explain how it will secure property values in affluent areas if it plans to build low-income homes and flats in those suburbs, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said.

The Sunday Times reported that the housing department plans to build low cost housing near established suburbs to encourage different income groups to live together and to address the backlog of about 2,4 million homes.

The South African Property Owners Association's (Sapoa) CEO, Brian Kirchmann, says the plan has "merits and demerits", but that such development needs responsible and healthy debate and careful thought.

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