City updates locals on housing

2018-06-19 06:00
Residents braved the cold to have their housing issues addressed.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Residents braved the cold to have their housing issues addressed.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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In direct response to the recent spate of land invasions in the area, the City of Cape Town’s MyEstate mobile van was set up in Mitchell Avenue on Friday.

“This came from a community meeting with the Woodlands leadership which centred around the housing issue. We are here to assist the community and Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews ,” says ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman.

The van was stationed on the field from 09:00 to 13:00 and offered residents the opportunity to update their details and apply to be on the housing database and address various issues relating to housing.

“When there is a need for a housing opportunity, we firstly need to see if people are registered or see if they should be registered. This initiative is the outcome of a meeting with the Woodlands land invaders so that we can see who is on the database. There may be an opportunity but people have changed their numbers or something else and so it is important to verify information,” says Andrews.

“Continuously updating your details is important. If you were not able to attend this initiative, you can connect with your local councillors to assist you in updating your details or checking if you qualify. It is not only here, it is everyday. There is also a link online that residents can use at the libraries or if they have access to the internet.”

As Friday was Eid, the initiative will be brought back to the area and the date will be confirmed at a later stage.

Local residents’ association chairperson, Clarence Human, welcomed the initiative.

“Most residents don’t have money to travel to town or even Beacon Valley. They get robbed or something along the way.Bringing this initiative here allows for residents from here to register,” he says.

“Many are not educated on the housing process. Some have told me that they have never been or never updated,” he says.

One resident who visited the mobile van says although they could not assist her, she was thankful for someone to talk to.

“We are always told to phone the call centre or go online, here we could speak to someone face to face and have them tell us what to do,” says Anita Jones.

“I brought my mother here and she was able to have a look on the system and update all the details. They could not help me with my grant but they could help my mother.”

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