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Rebuilding in Nomzamo to begin

After a number of false starts, evicted Nomzamo residents can now begin rebuilding their homes.

FILE. After a number of false starts, evicted Nomzamo residents can now begin rebuilding their homes. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Displaced Nomzamo informal settlers can finally start rebuilding their lives today.

After a number of false starts, squatters can now begin erecting their homes on the piece of land near Strand.

Nomzamo community members were forcibly evicted from their homes in the area at the beginning of this month, a move widely criticised by government departments.

The property in question is owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

Sanral had obtained a court interdict to have residents removed from the land because they were squatting illegally and the roads agency intended using the land to build roads.

Over 800 people have been in limbo since waking up to the eviction on 2 June.

Watch: Nomzamo rebuilding delayed

But with all issues now resolved, building is finally expected to take place after the ground has been levelled today.

Nomzamo residents were almost relocated to an open piece of land in Blackheath.

Watch: Nomzamo evictees in conflict over land

A community leader says residents have demanded bigger structures of 3x6 metre shacks, refusing the initial 3x3 metre structures.

They've also agreed that the shacks will be a metre apart of each other and that workers will be paid more than the R100 per day they were offered at first.

Building materials are already at the site where the 400 structures are set to be erected.

But as Nomzamo residents prepare to possibly start rebuilding their lives today their eviction drama has come at a huge cost.

Schooling among some learners in the community has been affected, with some pupils unable to write exams.

Many say they lost stationary and their uniforms when they were forcibly removed their homes.

One school pupil says it's been difficult to keep up with studies.

"I don't catch up because I didn't study. I don't have time to study here because there's a lot of noise."

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