Security moving in

2016-02-23 06:00

Plans to secure the wash house quarry are steaming ahead after the relocation of 18 families.

The wash house quarry currently houses an informal settlement referred to as the Kraal, where many of the families have lived for 20 years.

Residents of the informal settlement have been offered homes in a housing development in Pelican Park (“Divided over relocation”, People’s Post, 17 March 2015).

Of the 23 families living in the Kraal, only five remain on site, says ward councillor ­Dave Bryant. One of these has declined to move, while the other four have experienced delays around their paperwork, he says.

Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for human settlements, previously told People’s Post that the relocation “will afford families better and more dignified living conditions”.

The quarry site is also often used as a hideout for criminals, which not only affects the Kraal residents but also the broader community of Bo-Kaap and Cape Town, she says.

To address this criminal activity, the City of Cape Town is now planning to secure the site, says Bryant.

On Friday, a site meeting was held to discuss fencing the area and the relocation of the remaining families. Other options for security are on the cards, and lighting is expected to be installed in the next couple of months, he says.

A CCTV camera is expected to go live this week. Costing around R165 000 from the ward 77 budget, the camera is linked to the City’s camera system and will be monitored 24 hours a day, Bryant previously told People’s Post (“City to have eyes on crime”, 28 July 2015).

As the quarry has been identified as a major source of crime across the Bo-Kaap, the CBD and Green Point, the camera will enable enforcement agencies to monitor activities in and around the site, Bryant says.

The camera will also monitor Chiappini Street, an access point to the Bo-Kaap, and will also help pick up on suspicious cars.

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