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Municipality relaxes rules for settlers

Structures at the new informal settlement in Zwelihle will not be removed by the Overstrand Municipality.

The informal settlement, situated behind the torched Hermanus Swimming Pool, arose from an illegal land invasion.

The site was earmarked for emergency housing for Zwelihle backyard dwellers. It is situated on an old waste removal site, so owing to safety concerns another piece of land had been identified for emergency housing.

Backyard dwellers, however, started erecting structures on the site on Friday 31 August. The Red Ants visited the site on several occasions, but no mass eviction was done.

Overstrand Mayor Dudley Coetzee says the municipality has two choices. The first is to get a court order and remove the structures. The second is to acknowledge that these residents need housing and to accommodate them. “We choose to recognise these residents and help them,” Coetzee says. He says the waste and rubble on the site is about 660 mm deep and a process has been set in motion to gain provincial environmental approval to fill the site. The Mayor explains that the new residents of this informal settlement will be temporarily relocated, while the site is being filled, making it safer for human habitation.

Coetzee adds that although the structures situated between the two hills will not be removed, the structures on the hills will have to be removed.

The informal settlement is situated between the two hills, and the hill towards the old transfer station consists of garden waste.

“The garden waste will be mined and used for compost, making this land available for housing,” says Coetzee.

The old transfer station that was also torched during the unrest earlier this year has been earmarked for emergency housing. Coetzee says this piece of land will have to be rezoned, a process that includes public participation. Hermanus Times reported earlier this month that businesses in the industrial area along Swartdam Road are concerned about the emergency housing so close to their business premises (“Businesses raise concern, Hermanus Times, 13 September 2018). Coetzee, however, says the municipality has to find a way to help people with housing. He adds that the city planning regulations will have to be relaxed for townships and informal areas in order to accommodate the influx of people.

“Urbanisation is a reality and our constitution provides for freedom of movement,” he says. “People have the right to live where they choose. The Constitution also provides for access to housing. We have to manage urbanisation.”

Coetzee is also investigating the possibility of spending public money on private land to provide water and sanitation to backyard dwellers.

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