About 16 families from Manenberg will soon make use of a piece of land promised to them, as the relevant departments within the City of Cape Town finalise the final steps in the procedure. The vacant property located between Kareedou Road and Venster Street is owned by the City, and was approved for leasing purposes earlier this year (“Lease request approved”, People’s Post, 27 February).Ward councillor Aslam Cassiem says he is pushing to have the procedure finished as soon as possible, before the year ends, in order for the residents to make use of the open space.The 2000m2 piece of land has been in question and in the community’s interest for many years. Despite fencing being put up around the property, to prevent illegal activity and the dumping of waste, the issue continues to be a problem for those living around it.“If we lease this space out to the residents who live around it, it could possibly eliminate all the illegal activity,” says Cassiem.“Despite two residents not being interested in the leasing agreement, the majority of the families agreed, and will be paying a small amount of only R169 per annum.”Cassiem says residents requested that all vandalised electricity poles and dumped items be removed before the official handover of the land. “I requested that the relevant City departments remove the poles and pylons that are not in use. [They have] been vandalised and no longer serve a purpose. The subcouncil members supported this decision in a recent meeting.“The residents also want stronger fencing on the property for security reasons, with each one of their leasing spaces cordoned off.” However, with each space being cordoned off, Cassiem stresses that this could affect an underground system that is located there.“The relevant department sorting this issue previously came to us and said fencing can only be done on the sides of the property, and only with see-through fencing.“This was suggested because of the services running underneath the ground. “If anything should happen to the underground system, they (the department) could be in trouble and would need to get emergency services to excavate.“This would also mean that everything that is built on the space would need to be taken apart to get underneath. “This is why residents will not be allowed to build or put up a Wendy house on their portion of the land. They (residents) will only be allowed to do gardening.”Cassiem says the situation was explained to the residents in a meeting and the residents were not very pleased about it. “The reason residents also wanted the space closed down and separated for each, was because of the current conditions. “People still jump over and catch on nonsense. Residents want their own space to eliminate these activities. “We are pushing to get what the residents want and this is what is holding up the procedure at the moment.“We are hoping to have it sorted as soon as possible and I don’t want it to take another year. We are just waiting on the speaker’s approval on certain things then we are ready,” adds Cassiem.