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CT officials working to secure land for qualified beneficiaries

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the municipality is working on plans to secure two pieces of land.

FILE: Blikkiesdorp. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the municipality is working on plans to secure two pieces of land for qualified beneficiaries from Blikkiesdorp and surrounding areas.

De Lille met with the Blikkiesdorp Joint Committee last night, to discuss solutions for the community at the so-called temporary relocation area.

De Lille's spokesperson Zara Nicholson says, "These officials will revert plans and timelines within two weeks. The city will also conduct a survey on the amount of people residing in the area and local community members will be employed to assist the city with this process."

Earlier this month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) mayoral candidate promised her administration will continue to procure privately-owned land in order to improve service delivery.

She's stressed that in most cases, the municipality is unable to provide facilities to some informal settlements because they are built on privately-owned property.

The city recently purchased a plot in Klipheuwel and land in Driftsands, which was classified as a nature reserve.

Additional reporting by Xolani Koyana.