Squatter camps rise

2019-03-05 06:00

For many South Africans proper housing is a necessity, but most of them have to wait for government to deliver on its promise to provide decent affordable houses.

With no employment or money, these residents have to come up with alternate lives to put a roof over there heads. Over the years informal settlements have seen many structures been erected as more people are in need.

One such informal settlement is the 18th Avenue Settlement along Voortrekker Road in Kensington.

The area is said to be located on privately-owned land, owned by the Ndabeni Trust.

Ward 56 councillor Helen Jacobs said the settlement has grown over the years as the need for housing increases. “There are issues around that land, which the City is not involved in because it is owned by a trust,” she said. She further added that the City is committed to providing housing to citizens of the metro.

“In recent years, the settlement keeps growing, but the City is working on fixing the housing backlog.”

Resident Ntombifuthi Kunene said he has been staying at the settlement for just over two years.

Like many of her neighbours, she has no permanent job and does odd jobs. “Life is difficult here and we just have to make do with what we have,” she said.

Mayco member for human settlements Malusi Booi said a project that will see households earning between R1 500 and R15 000 get housing was launched in Goodwood on Tuesday 26 February.

The Goodwood Social Housing Project which have 1050 rental housing units in a joint venture between the City, provincial human settlements department, social housing institution, DCI Community Housing Services, Prasa, Intersite Asset Investments and the National Housing Finance Corporation, among others.

The City has provided development facilitation support and various incentives to contribute to the financial viability and operational sustainability of this social housing development.

“Government subsidy contribution to this social housing project is approximately R280 million. The City has provided development facilitation support and various incentives to contribute to the financial viability and operational sustainability to this social housing development,” Booi said.

He explaines that the City is committed to building integrated communities with different types of residential developments based on a mix of income groups and circumstances.

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