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CT to spend millions on backyard dwellers

The City of Cape Town has set aside R85 million for these households.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday said up to R85 million will be set aside in the 2013/2014 financial year to improve the conditions of families living in backyards.

Most backyarder dwellers are on the city's housing waiting list.

De Lille on Tuesday handed over tags to backyarders on two Hanover Park plots. The tags will be used to access a daily allowance of water.

The Backyarders Implementation Programme started late in 2012 after the municipality saw a great need for water, electricity and sanitation for these dwellers.

De Lille said the city is completing surveys on 30,000 council properties to determine how many families are in need of these services.

Maymoena Sampson, who is one of 30 people living in one backyard in Hanover Park, received 200 litres of drinking water, 200 litres for sanitation and 50kilowatts of electricity for her household.

Sampson said she is most grateful for the electricity because when they use paraffin stoves and candles, there is always a great risk for fires.

The province has a housing backlog dating back to over 20 years.