In­vaders won’t de­lay hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, hu­man set­tle­ments says

The New Age (Western Cape) - - News - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@the­newage.co,za

THE department of hu­man set­tle­ments this week said it would not al­low in­vaders to de­lay hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.

This fol­lowed the re­cent de­mol­ish­ing of about 100 il­le­gal struc­tures in Ge­orge.

The warn­ing comes af­ter the department ob­tained an in­ter­dict to de­mol­ish il­le­gal struc­tures on land set out for hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

No­tices of the department’s ac­tions were put up, hence the de­mo­li­tion.

On Tues­day, 87 il­le­gal struc­tures were de­mol­ished be­cause they were built on var­i­ous por­tions of the land in Them­balethu in Ge­orge.

The struc­tures were built on por­tions 197, 51 and 52, which the department was plan­ning to de­velop for mixed-use.

The head of hu­man set­tle­ments im­ple­men­ta­tion in the department, Phila Mayisela said the invasion of land would cre­ate de­lays for the hous­ing project and af­fect many ben­e­fi­cia­ries who had been wait­ing pa­tiently for houses.

“We can­not al­low a hand­ful of peo­ple to de­lay a project that will ben­e­fit thou­sands of fam­i­lies who are go­ing to ben­e­fit in this hous­ing project,” shev said.

“If peo­ple are not happy about any­thing re­lated to our hous­ing al­lo­ca­tion they are al­ways wel­come to talk to us,” Mayisela said.

The department said more than 4 000 hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties would be de­liv­ered in the area un­der the Up­grad­ing of In­for­mal Set­tle­ments Pro­gramme (UISP).

The first phase of the project, which con­sists of 1750 hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties had been com­pleted and ben­e­fi­cia­ries had taken oc­cu­pa­tion of the houses.

“The department is busy with the sec­ond phase of the project and the in­vaded area forms part of the de­vel­op­ment foot­print.

“There­fore the department had to act on the il­le­gal invasion as it would have an ad­verse im­pact on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the sub­se­quent phases,” Mayisela said.

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