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Only one in three backyarders are registered on Housing Database<p>There has been a steady growth in the occurrence of backyard dwellings on publically- and privately-owned land over the last decade due to increased urbanisation across South Africa. </p><p>‘The great need for affordable housing and services in and near urban centres especially means that we must ensure that we work in a planned, systematic and fair manner. It is really important for backyard dwellers to apply to register on the Housing Database. Backyarders who are not registered on the Database cannot be considered for housing opportunities created for them by the City and Western Cape Government. All qualifying beneficiaries and especially backyard dwellers must therefore please ensure that they are registered on the Database and that their details are correct and up to date. </p><p>‘We also continue to focus on enhanced service delivery especially to backyarders residing on Council-owned properties. Cape Town was the first city in South Africa to introduce basic services to backyarders residing on Council-owned properties. The backyarder programme started in 2014 and entails the provision of one-to-one water, refuse and electricity services to backyarders residing on Council-owned property, such as rental units. The Municipal Finance Management Act determines that public money may not be used for enhancing private properties. Therefore, much work still needs to be done to see how backyarder services will be rolled out to those residing on private properties within the framework of the law. </p><p>‘Urbanisation is not a municipal challenge alone, all tiers of government, the private sector and civic organisations, must work together and ensure that we are ahead of the curve with our plans to address rapid urbanisation. We must bring our communities on board with the alternatives on offer,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi. </p><p>It is important to remember that beneficiaries who qualify for government housing should also not pay anyone to be placed on the Housing Database nor should they pay money to receive their State-subsidised property. All costs are carried by government. Qualifying beneficiaries who pay to ‘register’ on the Database or pay money for their subsidised house or serviced site are being scammed.</p><p>For more information about the qualifying criteria for subsidised housing as well as to get a copy of the application form please visit <a href=""></a></p><p><strong>How to register</strong></p><p><strong>Applicants can register:</strong></p><ul><li>on the Housing Database online</li><li>at your nearest City housing office</li><li>at the MyEstate mobile office when it comes to your area</li><li>at Parow Walk-in Centre or Wale Street Walk-in Centre</li></ul><p><strong>Applicants will need to submit:</strong></p><ul><li>a certified copy of your ID and spouse's ID, if applicable</li><li>a completed Housing Assistance Form</li><li>certified copies of your children's birth certificates, if applicable</li><li>certified copies of marriage or divorce certificates if applicable</li><li>details of special needs within the household if applicable, and supporting documents such as medical records</li><li>proof of address </li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-01-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82;L0|#00d8b7293-a214-43fa-80da-d843dd6f8e82|human settlements;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#72c3bfd4-b20c-4493-a8c2-d5950d629ecd;L0|#072c3bfd4-b20c-4493-a8c2-d5950d629ecd|backyarders;GP0|#4e83e3fb-af6f-4a1a-a6f4-fee78c8b7c62;L0|#04e83e3fb-af6f-4a1a-a6f4-fee78c8b7c62|Housing Database1

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