Virginia Keppler
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13 Jul 2017
6:35 am

City allocates more than 400 stands to Atteridgeville squatters

Virginia Keppler

Nkomo emphasised that allocations would be given to the housing needs register going forward.

Tshwane MMC for Human Settlements Mandla Nkomo is seen at an event where new Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga introduced his team, 26 August 2016, at the Council Chambers in Centurion. Picture: Michel Bega

The City of Tshwane has appealed with residents not to disrupt the first phase of relocation as it allocated 471 serviced stands to residents of Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.

The city’s MMC for Housing and Human Settlements, Cllr Mandla Nkomo told Brazzaville residents yesterday that the total size of the project was 900 service stands.

He said Brazzaville is dolomitic and cannot be developed. “This is why relocation to the Atteridgeville Ext 19 was necessary.”

Nkomo said in the second phase priority will be given to the beneficiaries according to the housing needs register.

The Brazzaville leadership committee together with the city resolved that the committee should provide leadership when the community threatens to protest.

The committee promised to work with the police to arrest those who illegally sell stands.

“It must be reiterated that the new DA-led multi-party administration will not tolerate such acts of destruction to property during protest action,” Nkomo said,

Nkomo emphasised that allocations would be given to the housing needs register going forward.

“The project of shack-eradication unintentionally compromised the housing needs register as this meant some informal settlements would receive either service stands or low cost houses before those who have been in the needs register,” said Nkomo.

Furthermore, the City has allocated R480 million over medium term on rudimentary basic services to begin addressing the often undignified sanitary conditions which so many of our people have to endure.

“The City has also made a commitment during its budget speech and Integrated Development Plan (IDP) to formalise seven informal settlements, including Atteridgeville Ext 19, under project Tirane.”

As part of the roll-out of Project Tirane, the City will upgrade the areas to fully serviced stands, with some areas provided with bulk infrastructure.

A Total of R40 million has been put aside as Opex to finalise planning and detailed designs for the following informal settlements:

  • Mabopane X12;
  • Mahube Valley Ext 15;
  • Jeffsville & Malusi (Booysens Ext 4);
  • Hammanskraal West;
  • Mabopane Ext 11; and
  • Atteridgeville Ext 46 (Lotus Gardens) for the people of Itireleng.