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Comment on the City’s draft Unlawful Occupation By-law<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​About the by-law​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>The Unlawful Occupation By-law provides the City with the guidance to manage and prevent unlawful (illegal) occupation of land and buildings in Cape Town. </p><p> It will help to fill legislative gaps and reduce risk to the City, other state entities, private land owners, and commuters and communities, while adhering to national legislation. </p><p>The following is covered in the by-law, among others: </p><ul><li> <strong>Managed settlements</strong><br>Where possible, we identify land that can be used to establish managed settlements and develop basic service infrastructure. Among other things, managed settlements provide a place to settle for those who have been prevented from, or evicted for occupying land illegally. </li><li> <strong>Providing temporary or emergency basic services to unlawful occupants</strong><br>When responding to unlawful occupation, we must determine whether to provide temporary or emergency basic services to that settlement. </li><li> <strong>Voluntary relocation of unlawful occupants</strong><br>If we are unable to provide emergency services, occupants are given the option of settling in a managed settlement, with assistance from us. </li><li> <strong>Identifying and monitoring land and buildings prone to unlawful occupation</strong><br>The City must identify and monitor land that is prone to unlawful occupation, and the necessary measures must be put in place to prevent it from being occupied unlawfully. </li><li> <strong>Responding to and preventing unlawful occupation</strong><br>The City and private land owners have a responsibility to prevent and respond correctly to cases of unlawful occupation. Authorised officials must exercise their power responsibly with consideration for human rights. The City must also keep a record of unlawful occupations </li></ul><p>In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, you can submit comments to the municipality. </p><p>Access the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Draft_Unlawful_Occupation_By-law_2021.pdf" target="_blank">Draft Unlawful Occupation By-law</a> and <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Bylaws%20and%20policies/Draft_Unlawful_Occupation_By-law_2021_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">Summary</a>.</p><p>You can also access the information at: </p><ul><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/See-all-city-facilities/our-service-facilities/Libraries">City libraries</a></li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Meet-the-City/city-council/find-your-councillor-ward-or-subcouncil">Subcouncil offices</a></li><li>In the document downloads section below</li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Comment period​​​​​​​</h2><p>Comments and objections may be submitted from <strong>26 June –31 July 2021</strong>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Submit your comment​​​​​​​</h2><p>You may submit your comments via the following channels: </p><p><strong>Online</strong><br> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/_layouts/15/WebFeedback.SharePoint/webfeedback.aspx?id=%204ab20478-55f4-46b5-a4f6-f187d0ef6e07" target="_blank">Submit your comment online</a>.</p><p><strong>Delivery</strong><br> Deliver your written comments by hand (weekdays, 08:00 – 16:00) to your nearest <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/Meet-the-City/city-council/find-your-councillor-ward-or-subcouncil">subcouncil office</a>.</p><p><strong>Post</strong><br> Post your written comments to:</p><p><strong><em>For attention: Leon Wentzel</em></strong><em> </em><br><em> Law Enforcement Department </em><br><em>First Floor - Omniforum Building </em><br><em>94 Van Riebeeck Street </em><br><em>Kuilsriver </em><br><em>7590</em></p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Contact us​​​​​​​</h2><p>For more information and general enquiries about the by-law, contact:</p><h4>Deputy Chief Leon Wentzel</h4><p><em>Telephone:<br> <a>021 444 0231</a><br><br> Email:<br> <a href="mailto:unlawful.occupation@capetown.gov.za">unlawful.occupation@capetown.gov.za</a> </em></p><h4>Public Participation Unit</h4><p>For help submitting your comment, contact:</p><h4>Anathi Dywili</h4><p><em>Telephone:<br> <a>021 400 9825</a><br><br> Email:<br> <a href="mailto:anathi.dywili@capetown.gov.za">anathi.dywili@capetown.gov.za</a> </em></p> GP0|#cc1f7b28-f43b-45ab-a0f2-08b4fefef7ed;L0|#0cc1f7b28-f43b-45ab-a0f2-08b4fefef7ed|Issues open for public comment;GTSet|#a7cfb90d-44ad-4426-98ce-565f79932396;GPP|#79e6adda-2aa2-4523-bc29-296828216c9326 June – 31 July 20210

 

 

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