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Land earmarked for Zwelihle residents being valued

The Western Cape Human Settlements Department last week confirmed the owners of Schulphoek have agreed to sell it back to government.

FILE: Residents of Zwelihle mobilise on 17 May 2018 as they protest for land and housing in Hermanus. Picture: @REDANTS_CT/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Land earmarked for housing for a protesting community near Hermanus is being valued.

The Western Cape Human Settlements Department last week confirmed the owners of Schulphoek have agreed to sell it back to government.

It followed protests by Zwelihle residents last week.

It’s believed the 48 hectares of land situated near the beach and originally owned by the municipality was meant to be developed for luxury apartments.

Zwelihle residents have agreed that instead of erecting shacks on Schulphoek they will wait for brick and mortar houses.

As a temporary solution, authorities have made available a portion of land behind the Hermanus Swimming Pool for backyarders to erect temporary structures.

The new serviced plots will have one outside toilet for every five plots and one tap for every 20 plots.

Each of the structures, which are being erected at the resident’s cost, will be supplied with a prepaid electricity meter.

A complete list of backyard dwellers, almost 7,500 in total, will be handed over to the Provincial Housing Department on Friday.

The vetting process against the existing housing database for the Overstrand Municipality will then be completed by provincial government officials.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)