Wol­w­eriv­ier only re­lo­ca­tion op­tion for Bromwell res­i­dents

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THE Western Cape High Court heard that Wol­w­eriv­ier lo­cated near At­lantis is the only re­lo­ca­tion area avail­able for Bromwell Street res­i­dents who are fac­ing evic­tion.

The City of Cape Town’s ad­vo­cate, Kar­risha Pil­lay, said the City does not have emer­gency hous­ing closer than Wol­w­eriv­ier.

“If ac­com­mo­da­tion were to be made avail­able im­me­di­ately, Wol­w­eriv­ier is avail­able.” In re­sponse Judge Mark Sher asked what the tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion would en­tail. “And how hu­mane will it be?”

Judge Sher fur­ther stated that he wanted the City to give an un­der­tak­ing that if peo­ple are re­lo­cated that tran­si­tional hous­ing will be avail­able to them.

“Even if the devel­oper of Bromwell came on board and made money avail­able for tem­po­rary hous­ing, peo­ple can’t ex­pect to stay for free, but they can pay what they can af­ford. I would also like to know, should the peo­ple be moved to Wol­w­eriv­ier, how does it in­flu­ence them re­ceiv­ing hous­ing in Wood­stock or Salt River? The en­vi­ron­men­tal au­tho­ri­sa­tion of the area has not been cleared up.”

In re­sponse to this, Pil­lay said that she will ask her client. And that peo­ple re­ceive houses ac­cord­ing to the hous­ing wait­ing list.

Ad­vo­cate Shel­don Ma­gardie, who is rep­re­sent­ing the res­i­dents, said two of the sites the ap­pli­cants iden­ti­fied for tran­si­tional hous­ing, the City re­cently ear­marked for tran­si­tional hous­ing.

“The City of Cape Town should have pro­vided this in­for­ma­tion ear­lier. In ref­er­ence to the Blue Moon­light case where the City of Jo­han­nes­burg re­ceived an or­der to pro­vide emer­gency hous­ing to peo­ple.

“The City ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bad con­di­tions peo­ple were stay­ing in, es­pe­cially dur­ing win­ter.”

Gra­ham Beukes, 37, said he was born in Bromwell Street. “I cur­rently stay five min­utes from where I work. I have been stay­ing with my el­derly mom, so if we move, it means that our fam­ily will be sep­a­rated.”

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