STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENTS, COUNCILLOR BENEDICTA VAN MINNEN
The City of Cape Town will continue to remove illegally erected structures in parts of Masiphumelele which are protected by court interdicts. It is vital to safeguard the piece of land which has been earmarked for the Masiphumelele housing project and also the uninhabitable area known as the wetlands. Read more below:
We urge the community to work with us as the continual attempted invasions are threatening the housing development plans for erf 5131.
The beneficiaries of this housing development have been identified in line with the City’s beneficiary selection process and through a public participation process that has taken place over many years. It would not be fair, at this late stage of the development and beneficiary selection process, if the land were to be lost due to illegal occupation.The City plans to develop part of erf 5131 for the Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project. The property was acquired in 2003.
The Masiphumelele Phase 4 housing project will be developed between the existing formal area and the sports fields.
The City is in the process of applying for technical approval and preparing tender documents for advertising. It is estimated that the tender will be advertised mid-2016, with an estimated construction period of two years.
The project has an established Project Steering Committee. Generally, a Project Steering Committee comprises representatives of the beneficiaries and community organisations as well as City officials.
This allocation split accommodates categories prescribed by the Allocation Policy, notably: applicants on the database within the targeted area, households from informal settlements within the targeted area, applicants with special needs, and applicants who were registered earliest on the database across the city.
At this stage, it is expected that approximately 324 Breaking New Ground houses will be constructed in two phases over approximately two years. The details must still be finalised.
The City’s Anti-Land Invasion Unit removed 24 unoccupied structures on Thursday 2 February 2015, in terms of the interdict that was obtained on 18 December 2015 and which prohibits anyone from entering, extending or erecting any structures on erf 5131 and the area known as the wetlands, which is uninhabitable and flood-prone.
The City and South African National Parks have interdicts in place and are working jointly to prevent any illegal occupation of the areas in question.
While we acknowledge that the housing need is acute, especially in light of the rapid and continuing high rate of urbanisation in Cape Town, we must do everything in our power to ensure that we have a fair and systematic approach to housing delivery.
The proliferation of informal settlements also has a devastating effect on sustainability, safety and service provision.