City of CT: Reblocking will enable service delivery, prevent future damage

The city says the reblocking in Imizamo Yethu will take time because a meticulous process is being followed to ensure the desired objectives are achieved.

FILE: Imizamo Yethu residents protest outside the Hout bay Police station. As the winter cold sets in and living conditions in the structures become unbearable, residents want the city to move them onto land they can call their own. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says Imizamo Yethu's reblocking process will enable better services.

Officials say the reconstruction programme in the Hout Bay informal settlement will take at least two years to be completed.

In March, thousands of people were displaced and four people died when a blaze ravaged a large section of the community.

The city says the reblocking will take time because a meticulous process is being followed to ensure the desired objectives are achieved.

Pathways, roads and homes will be reconfigured.

Mayoral spokesperson Zara Nicholson has emphasised the benefits of the project.

“The super-blocking is intended to enhance service delivery in the area. It will lead to greater access in order to help prevent the recurrence of the devastating fire which occurred in March this year.”