The City of Cape Town is rolling out a plan to build 4 500 permanent homes in the “new” Blikkiesdorp – Wolwerivier, some 30km outside Cape Town.
Wolwerivier is called an Incremental Development Area (IDA) – a settlement where people live while, “over time”, formal housing opportunities are provided.
The area – located very far from public transport, schools and job opportunities – has been earmarked as emergency housing for the 27 residents from Bromwell Street following their eviction by the Woodstock Hub to make way for larney apartments.
Residents have rejected the move, saying they want to be relocated closer to their old homes.
The City is now in the process of procuring services to secure land-use rights of the housing development in Wolwerivier.
Service providers, once appointed, will assist with the town planning, as well as an Environmental Impact Assessment, Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development Brett Herron said.
But Bromwell Street resident and spokesperson Charnell Commando said if the City plans to permanently move them to Wolwerivier, they would reject it.
“When we visited the area this year an ambulance arrived; an ambulance that had been called a day before, but struggled to find the place. I work in Observatory and finish work at 12 in the morning. How will I get home from there?” Commando said.
Herron said public participation would form part of the land-use and environmental processes, and an investigation of services and a needs assessment were needed.
“It is our intention to create housing opportunities for a cross-section of income groups – from Breaking New Ground subsidised housing to GAP housing and social housing for those beneficiaries who qualify.”