Mitchells Plain family of 47 finally receives assistance from CoCT

Since the family's story was published on Eyewitness News, the City of Cape Town has stepped in to assist them.

Resident Yolanda Daniels walks into one of the informal structures on the Beacon Valley premises in Mitchells Plain. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - After attention was drawn by Eyewitness News and others to an overcrowded home in Mitchells Plain where 47 people lived on one property, the family has finally received some sort of assistance.

The extended family lives on one premises - a three-bedroom brick home with three informal structures attached.

Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato, along with the chairperson of sub-council 12, visited the family.

Twenty-seven people live in the main house in Beacon Valley and 20 family members live in three wendy houses on the property. Everyone shares one toilet.

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According to the City of Cape Town, the municipal account that was in arrears has been written off after a successful indigent application.

In addition, the daily water allocation has been increased, as sub-council chairperson 12 Solomon Philander explains: "With the indigent grant, they get 350 litres [of water] free. After our intervention, they have agreed to increase the water, if they pay for the water that they're using. I think the city really went far and beyond their call of duty to assist the family."

Two families living on the property are now also flagged for a housing opportunity in Mitchells Plain.

Pastor Dean Ramjoomia from the Nehemiah Call Initiative has been helping the family, calling for government to intervene.

He said that since their story was published via Eyewitness News, there was some support.

"The mayor came out and was surprised to see that the numbers of the family was indeed 47. A way forward would be to continue to monitor and assist this family."

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