A delegation of community leaders from Masakhane in Gansbaai met with the Overstrand Municipality on Monday, 28 May 2018 to get feedback regarding a possible solution for low income households and backyard dwellers in the area.
The following was agreed upon:
As an interim solution, two portions of land within the existing urban edge of Masakhane will be made available where temporary structures can be erected. These new plots, not bigger than 30m² each, will be provided with basic services (1 communal toilet for every 5 plots and 1 communal tap for every 20 plots). The recipients are required to carry the cost of the erection of their structure themselves.
It was agreed that the community leaders will provide a complete list of backyard dwellers to the Municipality before Friday 1 June on which date another meeting is set to take place. On Friday, the Municipality will also provide a basic lay-out of plots - indicating the number of 30m² plots that can be accommodated on the two portions of land.
The beneficiary list, as provided by the delegation, will be handed over to the Provincial Housing department who will compare it to the existing housing database for Overstrand Municipality of those qualifying for housing. No-one who has already been a housing beneficiary will be allowed to erect a temporary structure. The beneficiaries will also be vetted against the subsidy database to determine if they have benefitted before.
The community leaders must undertake to give the most vulnerable members of the community first option to receive a temporary plot.