On Saturday, 19 May 2018, plans for the creation of 148 temporary serviced plots in Zwelihle for backyard dwellers were adopted by the Housing Task Team established by the Department of Human Settlements, in co-operation with representatives of the Overstrand Municipality and Zwelihle Renewal.

The meeting was initially also attended by a delegation of community leaders from Mount Pleasant, but they excused themselves from the meeting of their own accord to allow the signatories of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), that was signed on Thursday night (17 May), to continue with the meeting.

Community leaders from Mount Pleasant will also be invited to the next meeting of the Housing Task Team in order to be part of discussions pertaining to the development of Schulphoek.

A separate feedback meeting is scheduled for Friday, 25 May at 15:00 with the representatives from Mount Pleasant to address their housing needs and options available.

The MoU between the Overstrand Municipality, Provincial Department of Human Settlements and Zwelihle Renewal determines that all the parties confirm their intent to continue with the process of housing intervention for the community of Zwelihle on the available land in and around Zwelihle, including Schulphoek.

In terms of the MoU, the pegging out of plots and the building of temporary structures on the dumping site next to the swimming pool, now called Marikana, has been halted.

As a temporary solution, a portion of land earmarked for housing behind the Hermanus Swimming Pool in Mbeki Street has been made available where the temporary structures can be erected. The new serviced plots will have 1 outside toilet for every 5 plots and 1 tap for every 20 plots. Each of the structures, to be erected at the recipient’s own cost, will be supplied with a prepaid electricity meter. Earthworks on the plots have already started and the Municipality will give a final date for occupation by Wednesday, 23 May.

According to the Zwelihle leadership, the most vulnerable members of the community will be given the opportunity to move onto these plots. A complete list of backyard dwellers, numbering close on 7 500 people will be handed over to Provincial Housing Department by Friday, 25 May 2018, after which the vetting process against the existing housing database for Overstrand Municipality for those qualifying for the different housing opportunities, will be done by the Provincial Government.

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