No respite after move

2015-08-19 06:00
A MAN stands outside his shack in the informal settlement at ­Extension 15.

Teboho Setena

A MAN stands outside his shack in the informal settlement at ­Extension 15. Photo: Teboho Setena

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CONDITIONS remain unchanged for the more than 100 families relocated to Extension 15, situated near the established Bronville residential area in Welkom.

There are no essential services, including water and electricity, at the new area – to be integrated with the under-developed Extension 15 residential area.

The resettlement of the families is said to be part of the integration into the community of Extension 15, mostly consisting of shack dwellings, within the Matjhabeng Local Municipality. The families began relocating a week ago from an informal settlement called Rethuseng to the area in question, which is equally crime-ridden. This area is in Ward 11 of the Matjhabeng Local Municipality. The ANC representative and councillor of this ward is Victor Morris.

The 100 families have resettled to the areas in Extension 15, which is yet to be planned and developed for human habitation.

Many feel they had to accept the move, or they would have been forcefully evicted.

Apparently the area they previously occupied is earmarked for major developments, which include a school.

Residents told Express Goldfields andamp; NFS they were desperate to relocate due to the poor conditions and that they would accept any assistance to improve their living conditions. They say they were advised to relocate following a meeting with Morris.

Express’s attempts to engage Morris in clarifying the process of resettlement of the more than 100 families have been fruitless. According to the mailbox message on his phone he is very busy and will get back to the caller, but he has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Some residents have built shack dwellings near some trees of which some have only been partly cut down.

Occupants are concerned about rampant crime, worsened by the lack of high-mast lamps in the area which include Extension 15 and adjacent residential areas.

Two weeks ago four people were killed by gunmen who are still on the run.

The killings followed an incident in March when unidentified armed men shot and killed three men and a woman identified later as Mpolokeng Majola.

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