The City of Cape Town has assured residents without an income, living on inner-city land earmarked for social housing, that no cost will be incurred by them for temporary arrangements.
Mayoral councillor, Brett Heron, responded to opposition parties and civic organisations demanding concrete plans, by saying that residents were properly consulted and plans were made accordingly.
“Those who are beneficiaries or have no income will not pay to live there”, said Herron. “The city will be subsidising their tenancy”.
Herron added that residents will have a choice of whether to move into a temporary facility nearby while the development of social houses in Woodstock and Salt River gets underway.
This comes after months of discussion and protest by civic organisations demanding that land at the State’s disposal be used for more than just commercial gains.
Some people residing in Woodstock and surrounds have been forcibly evicted and sent to locations far-away from the city where they make their living.
The new social housing plans will adopt a 180 degree change according to Herron, who states that the commitment to readdressing segregated space is at the top of the list.