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2016-11-15 06:00

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Despite over a year of work on the Greater Masiphumelele development framework, no date has been set to release the results.

The first draft of a development framework for Masiphumelele was expected to be completed in February (“Solutions for area being set out in plan”, People’s Post, 2 February).

However, “due process is still being followed”, says Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for human settlements.

The development framework is supposed to reflect a shared vision for the area and provide solutions to improve the wellbeing of residents.

Earlier in the year, public meetings were held for surrounding community members to give their input. The City of Cape Town also completed a house-to-house survey to get a better understanding of who lives in Masiphumelele, how they move around and the potential trends of the community (“Residents have say in area’s future”, People’s Post, 26 May 2015).

The survey had been delayed by several months due to “unrest and protest action in the Masiphumelele area”, Van Minnen previously told People’s Post.

Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase has previously said there was pressure to find more space for housing in Masiphumelele, but the quality of the wetlands and other infrastructure needed to be considered first.

The framework would be an attempt to get a handle on how to improve the quality of life of residents, not just in terms of housing, but also schools and job opportunities, she said.

The framework will focus on infrastructure around transport, economic and social issues and the water ecosystem.

Preliminary findings have shown a need for more schools in Masiphumelele, as there are currently one high and three primary schools. This sees pupils forced to hitchhike over Ou Kaapse Weg to attend schools in areas such as Westlake.

It is estimated that another high school and three primary schools are needed, based on the number of shacks and houses in Masiphumelele.

Additional healthcare facilities are also needed, as the clinic in Masiphumelele only cares for children.

But it remains unclear when the results of these surveys and the completed framework will be released.

When questioned on this, Van Minnen says only that “no details are available at this stage as due process is still being followed. Proposed timeframes will be determined once the internal processes have been concluded.”

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