3 000 Bapsfontein families being relocated

2010-12-27 15:48

Johannesburg - The Ekurhuleni municipality has begun relocating the first of 3 000 families from the Bapsfontein informal settlement because of dolomite in the area.

The settlement was declared a disaster area due to the dolomite instability in the area, said municipal spokesperson Zweli Dlamini in a statement.

He said it was expected that 50 families would be moved on Monday.

"While the majority of people are being moved by the municipality, others have made their own private arrangement.

"The relocation process is expected to run till mid January."

The families were first being moved to various temporary relocation points, Dlamini said.

People had signed consent forms indicating that they agreed to the move.

He said the metro was helping people put up new structures and, where there were shortages, helping provide them with materials.

"Furthermore, residents are provided with clean water, mobile toilets, high mast lights, basic health services and solid waste removal."

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