Plans for Masiphumelele housing project nears completion

The City of Cape Town is currently finalising plans around the construction of several RDP houses.

FILE: A fire in Masiphumelele left scores of people homeless. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it's currently finalising plans around the construction of several RDP housing projects in Masiphumelele.

Members of the city's anti-land invasion unit and law enforcement last week tore down 24 illegally erected structures in the area.

Scores of homeless residents have been living in a local community hall since late last year, following a devastating fire and a spate of evictions.

In December, dozens of families in the New Rest informal settlement lost their homes when authorities deconstructed shacks built on land owned by SANParks.

Human Settlements Mayco member Benedicta van Minnen says the building process is stunted every time illegal structures are erected on the land.

"We very much have plans for Masiphumelele. We already have identified a piece of land. What's incredibly important to allow us to facilitate such development is to ensure that people don't illegally occupy land because when they occupy land, we're then not able to build which makes the housing crisis worse."