Cape Town battling with housing - mayor

2011-11-16 21:43

Johannesburg - The City of Cape Town is battling to keep up with an increasing demand for housing, executive Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Wednesday.

"We do the best we possibly can, but barely shift these numbers before they are replaced by new people waiting for houses," she said in Factreton, outside Cape Town.

Numbers continued to grow as more people moved to the city to look for job opportunities.

De Lille said the waiting list for houses was about 400 000, but that resources were limited.

The backyarders project - launched on Wednesday - was one way the city could determine how it could help with the provision of basic services.

"For too long, people have been forced to make a life for themselves without all the help that they need," she said.

"That help means access to water, sanitation and electricity - access to services."

Backyarders are people who live informally on council-owned properties.

  • george.vanniekerk - 2011-11-16 21:54

    Will the "backyarders" pay for these "services?" and "taxes?" by the government, like the rest of "US?"....

      jameel.golding - 2011-11-17 08:59

      Lets hope that you dont land up in that situation. Situations, direcltly or indirectly, results in people landing up in conditions that is not condusive for their wellbeing with no magic formula to rememdy this. This dire situation was a direct result of apartheid and now for you to stand on your little throne and decry the situation is outrightly disingenious. Why dont you start asking how you can help, what can you do, whom you can help? Remember, those sitting high up there, have a very long way down to fall!

  • george.vanniekerk - 2011-11-16 22:02

    Does "informal living?" include, sitting around all day, doing crime and violence, not interested in looking for a "job?" and making more "squatters" that they cannot afford to feed?...if that is the case?...then "people?" are going to die.

      phathuchicos - 2011-11-16 22:33

      Does the word poverty ring a bell to you? those people who are sitting in skwatta camps didn't wake up and wanted to do that for their entire life, they were pressured to that situation by your forefathers who block them from every opportunity possible. Now that someone is trying to do a good deed you moan about your precious tax like you are the only one paying in this country, i'm also paying and i think its doing a terrific job. big ups to CT mayor

      henniee.coetzee1 - 2011-11-17 00:53

      George, use your head. No one dreams about being poor and hungry. Crime is often the only way they can survive. I'd much rather help these people with my tax than see them live in squaller.

  • spookhuis - 2011-11-16 22:08

    TRANSKIE...... the new Cape Town

      Paul - 2011-11-17 05:38

      Bantustan the old mentality.

      Paul - 2011-11-17 05:54

      You highlighted your ignorance by typing in uppercase.

  • Adriaan Coetzer - 2011-11-16 23:30


  • MaxOdin.SA - 2011-11-17 00:10

    There is a serious problem in our country. More and more people are flocking to Cape Town for opportunities when in fact there are very few. There are ways however to combat this unfortunate overpopulation. The eastern cape is largely underdeveloped and lacking in services. What should inevitably be done is simple. Upgrade and invest. There are a vast amount of opportunities for investment in East London for example. It is a beautiful area but it is also far from a world class city. I personally have seen quite a few ways to coin it there. So why not develop other areas (other than cape town and Joburg)? Why are we stuck in a rut of overpopulating established cities? I'll tell you why... It's the African way. The government will give us..... The people of South Africa need to realise that there are plenty of opportunities in the less developed areas of South Africa. The government can only give you so much. If it's up to them they'll keep you needing them so they can have the power.

  • Chris - 2011-11-17 09:00

    George, you are a racist jerk. Have you no empathy?

  • TamaraSays - 2011-11-17 09:24

    The housing situation should be treated fairly - people who have lived in CT for the longest should get first preference, and so on. You can't move to another city voluntarily, then expect to bump people who have been waiting for decades off the list because you chose to move. Why not implement a plan where you TEACH people to build their OWN houses. Then, instead of spending at inflated rates to BEE tenderers, buy the materials directly from the source. Then allow people to build on their own plots. Think of it in the same light as a 'work for welfare' scenario. Plus, you'd end up with people with skills!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-17 10:07

    Municipalities should not feel they have to provide houses for every johnny who arrives in town. No municipality can plan for people just arriving in the city and saying 1 House, free medical , free elec , free schooling, job please and hurry up. I think the anc is dumping the unemployed in Capetown. There is a limit to how much money there is and the only responsibilty a municipality has is to provide services at a cost. BUILD ZERO HOUSES AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER OR RATEPAYER. JUST NOW THE WHOLE OF THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN CAPE WILL BE IN CAPETOWN ASKING FOR A HOUSE.

  • Hedda-Louise - 2011-11-17 12:09

    Of course Cape Town will suffer and struggle as long as everyone flocks into their 1000's into this well-runned (not by ANC) city. Maby the other provinces should wake up and smell the coffee then CPT will have less problems to deal with. And then of course there is also the problem with population size.People we can't breed like rabbits for kids we can't afford.Plan your future,plan your family and we all will have a good share of the planet

  • emile.eley - 2011-11-17 12:20

    The present housing model is unsustainable. People simply have to learn to take responsibility for themselves and their dependants. The public purse stretches only so far and the beneficiaries increase exponentially with every generation.

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