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City continues working to protect beneficiaries of its Mau Mau housing project<p><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Completed units in the City of Cape Town’s Mau Mau housing development have been invaded by beneficiaries who are not first in line to receive the units. Older beneficiaries were meant to occupy the units first. This has now jeopardised the allocation of houses in the project to the rightful beneficiaries and it is unacceptable. The City will engage with the area committees to resolve this matter. This is a tangible example of one of the key reasons the City tries its best to prevent the illegal occupation of our existing and planned projects and of land. It unlocks a domino effect of queue-jumping and flood and fire risks that simply lead to more misery. </p><p>​The City is currently developing the Gugulethu Infill housing project, which stretches over two sites in Gugulethu and Nyanga, however continued illegal actions and community struggles are causing delays in the project.</p><p>We are aware that 18 units have been invaded by the younger beneficiaries of this project since 17 June 2020. This is at the expense of the older beneficiaries who were first in line to receive their units. The younger beneficiaries appear lower down on the project list, and they would only receive their houses later in the project. </p><p>A meeting has been scheduled with the Area Committees via the local ward councillor and Subcouncil to resolve this matter. There is hope that it will be possible to resolve the current challenge following this course of action, which is why the City is not yet pursuing legal action. We are currently engaging our Western Cape Government colleagues to help enhance security on site soon to prevent further invasions. </p><p>This is not the first time this project has been marred by similar actions:</p><ul><li> Earlier this year, in January 2020, community members gathered on the project site to invade the units and ended up vandalising the units. A number of the 91 completed units were temporarily occupied mostly by young people who are not on the approved project list. </li><li> In December 2019, two rightful elderly beneficiaries, aged 80 and 76, were forced out of their newly completed units and their furniture was left on the street. Their illegal eviction was related to a dispute by the Nyanga Development Forum (NDF) which is disputing the allocation of units to New Crossroads beneficiaries in this project. It should be noted that New Crossroads officially forms part of the project by virtue of an approved Allocation Request Form (ARF) that was signed in June 2016 after extensive public consultation. Interactions with affected groups are still underway to resolve this impasse. </li></ul><p>The City does not condone the methods of disruption which are being employed. We are hopeful of positive cooperation going forward. Illegal land and housing actions cause delays and jeopardises the future of all. <br></p>2020-06-23T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#7e4c0868-d8c1-418f-b054-e83fb97f2301;L0|#07e4c0868-d8c1-418f-b054-e83fb97f2301|housing development;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb1


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