At least 800 people currently living on the N2 road reserve near the railway line will be moved to the section of the same Sanral road reserve further down, bordering Onverwacht, Longlands and Asanda Village, where basic services like water, sanitation and electricity will be supplied.
This was the outcome of a meeting between mayor Dan Plato and provincial minister of human settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela, Sanral, the Housing Development Agency (HDA), residents of Die Bos, Longlands, Onverwacht and surrounding areas held at the Strand council chambers last week.
According to Strand resident Philip Versfeld, who represents a group of disgruntled residents concerned about property values among other things, discussions were focused around the construction of the N2 and relocation of about 800 people on the road reserve.
“The meeting reached a conclusion with Madikizela asking the question how can he allow some people [ratepayers] to have services and others nothing? The City of Cape Town has identified two tracts of land for the relocation of the people currently living on the road reserve, but that this would take time to procure and develop,” stated Versfeld.
“Madikizela concluded that the people currently living on the road reserve should be moved to the section of the same Sanral road reserve further down.
They will then be moved again once the identified land becomes available.”
This process is envisaged to take about 18 months.
Versfeld said that he supported a win-win situation, but that if people were moved temporarily and then moved again, it would not work to their benefit.
“They should only be moved once, permanently. The money that will be spent on services can be better utilised to build better houses,” said Versfeld, who added that the community is trying to “build bridges” with the residents of Nomzamo and Lwandle.
“We had a successful follow-up meeting and formed a committee, which includes Nomzamo and Lwandle residents, and we’re in agreement with regard to our view. We are now exploring a legal route and are in consultation with lawyers.”
On Monday (6 May) another meeting was held with Plato, said Versfeld.
“The mayor is happy that a committee was formed representing the broader community of the Helderberg. He has given his assurance that no further action will be taken regarding this issue without the necessary consultation with the committee.”