Kosovo Informal Settlement residents, in Samora Machel, are urging the City of Cape Town to speed up the New Woodlands housing project in Mitchell’s Plain so that they can move to their new houses.
Residents said since the start of the winter season their dwellings have been affected by flooding and two weeks ago things got worse.
One of the residents, Zilindile Ngcanasa, described the conditions they are living under as appalling. He demanded that the City come up with a permanent solution for the situation. He said every year it is the same problem. “The City is doing nothing about it. Our furniture is damaged by the water.
“I had to put my bed on top of crates and my fridge and cupboard on top of bricks to avoid damage to my stuff,” said Ngcanasa.
The father of three children said he is concerned about the health of his family (children and wife) because they can’t sleep properly.
Ngcanasa said the water also stinks because of the sewage. “It’s difficult for our children to go to school because we are unable to wash their school uniforms. And they are going to get sick,” he added.
Councillor Siphiwo Nqamnduku, for ward 88, described the area as a “state of emergency” and said he informed the City officials on Wednesday 7 August. “Nothing has happened. No one has come to assist,” claimed Nqamnduku.
He said the whole A section is like a wetland. He stated that houses are going to be constructed in Mitchell’s Plain for the residents of Kosovo.
“That development won’t make any difference because it’s only a portion of people that are going to benefit from it.
“Only 230 beneficiaries are going to Woodlands and the rest are still going to stay here,” he said.
When City Vision visited the area a truck was draining some of the water from the street while some residents threw sand around their shacks to minimise damage.