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Youths disrupt housing project in Masiphumelele

The group is upset that the City of Cape Town did not consult them before using the only sports field in the area for housing.
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Youths disrupt housing project in Masiphumelele

A Group of young people disrupted the installation of temporary housing units on a field in Masiphumelele.

According to GroundUp the group of young people from the area disrupted the installation of temporary relocation area (TRA) units on a sports field on Wednesday.

The group alleges that the the City of Cape Town did not consult with the community before moving the TRA units onto the field.

They say the field is the only one in the area and is used by a number of sports clubs and schools who play netball, soccer, touch rugby, and volleyball.

According to the City the units are meant to house people whose shacks burnt down in December last year.

Mayco Member for Human Settlements, Malusi Booi, said the site is expected to house about 500 people.

Booi said the City would only use the site temporarily to house desperate families who lost everything in the fire.

“The beneficiaries will be prioritized to receive permanent housing in the rebuild plan to enable them to move off the sportsfield as fast as possible. The field will be rehabilitated for sporting use again,” said Booi.

“So one must weigh up is football or lives more important?” he asked.

More: GroundUp

 

 

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