Preventing land invasions cost R355m in Western Cape

The public housing backlog in the Western Cape stands at almost 600,000.

2021-03-03 09:14:00 PM

The public housing backlog in the Western Cape stands at almost 600,000.

The public housing backlog in the Western Cape stands at almost 600,000.

03 March 2021 - 11:55New arrivals start building their homes in the Driftsands Nature Reserve in Mfuleni, near Cape Town's airport. They have named their new settlement Sanitiser.Image:Esa AlexanderThe Western Cape government says it has spent R355m on preventing illegal land invasions and occupations of completed housing units in the current financial year.

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The provincial human settlements department said there were 1,014 attempted land invasions across the province, most of them in Cape Town, between July 2020 and the end of February 2021.The province saw an increase in land invasions during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, partly driven by township landowners kicking out “back yarders” who were unable to pay rent due to a loss of income.

Sunday Timesreported that some land invasions resulted in the formation of new neighbourhoods in the Driftsands Nature Reserve in Mfuleni and named Covid-19 and Sanitiser by their new residents.The province said 2,150 new free housing units, excluding expenditure on bulk services, could have been built with the money spent on preventing illegal land invasions. headtopics.com

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