Rasta families get loos, taps

2016-04-26 06:00

Forty-two families in Rasta Camp in Ocean View have received flush toilets.

The City of Cape Town provided portable flush toilets (PFTs) to families who have accepted the offer of them, as well as a standpipe with three taps, says Mayoral committee member for utility services, Ernest Sonnenberg. “Apart from improving sanitation, we hope that this could be a catalyst for further PFT uptake in the community. The installation of a standpipe means that residents no longer travel long distances to get water.”

The community’s occupation of the land is unlawful in terms of the National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act, Sonnenberg says.

“Relocation of the community would be the preferred option, but this will involve a lengthy legal process and depends on land being made available,” Sonnenberg explains.

The community has until now not received services due to this “unlawful occupation” of the land.

As it belongs to SANParks, the City of Cape Town does not have jurisdiction to install services without consent, explains Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

A court ruling has found that the community can be evicted if the landowner finds them an alternative site, which the City is assisting with, Purchase says.

Besides providing more PFTs to families who request them, there are no plans to install additional services in the settlement because of the community’s “unlawful occupation”, Sonnenberg says.

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