The deadline for Bromwell Street residents in Woodstock, Cape Town to leave their homes has been extended to September 26th. One of the residents says gentrification is destroying lives in Woodstock and Salt River. Watch as we tell the story of gentrification in this area.
The Woodstock Hub gained possession of 120-128 Bromwell Street on 30 October 2013. Jacques van Emben, director of the Woodstock Hub, says the properties were supposed to be vacant. Three years later, the residents say they have nowhere to go, and blame gentrification and the government for their predicament.
Western Cape MEC of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, says he has offered the families housing in Delft, but they didn't want to take it. The residents say they don't want to be forced to move so far out of the city into a community that they are not familiar with.
Van Embden says he has been working diligently with all parties to help find a suitable solution, which includes a crowd funding campaign for the residents. Mayor Patricia de Lille has intervened and hopes to find a solution, working with all parties involved.