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Backyarders to take action

The Backyarders’ Forum in Bishop Lavis is disappointed by local councillor Asa Abrahams’s failure to attend a meeting which took place on Saturday 3 November, despite Mayco member for human settlements, Xanthea Limberg’s, apologies on Abrahams’s behalf.

During a telephonic interview with TygerBurger, Abrahams said she had a workshop at the Cape Town Civic Centre with the subcouncil 5 ward committee members which she could not miss.

“I did extend my apologies through Mayco member Xanthea Limberg prior to the meeting and even suggested we postpone the meeting,” she said.

“I am in constant contact with the forum, through chairperson Micheal Hoffmeester, and I am planning to meet with them. They deserve to be heard and we will listen to them.”

One of the backyarders, John Witbooi, whose name has been on the housing waiting list for 37 years, said he gave up hope of getting a house a long time ago.

Another bckayarder, Eileen Ruiters, said: “I have been on the waiting list for 23 years and I have had enough of the City of Cape Town’s promises and want the backyarders to take action and occupy the vacant land on the corner of Myrtle Road and Fourth Street.”

These backyarders are dissatisfied with the poor living conditions they are subjected to.

“There is a lack of electricity boxes and toilets; sewerage drains overflow and the capacity of sewerage pipes cannot contain the increased volume of human waste,” Hoffmeester said.

He said the forum agreed to another meeting to be held in the middle of November when a survey to determine how many people are on the waiting list will be in progress, but if the City does not take any steps in the next financial year they (the backyarders) will occupy vacant land.

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