informal settlements

Upgrading of Informal Settlements Animation Video

Afesis-corplan, as part of a team led by CS Consulting, participated in 2014 in the development of an upgrading of informal settlements policy and strategy for the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM). The following animation video was developed as a background motivation for the draft policy: www.afesis.org.za/2014-08-05-09-06-19.html.

NGOs Assist Victims of Shack Fires

The City of Cape Town says the 68 people left destitute after their homes were gutted in two separate fires on 28 January 2015 have been assisted by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and are temporarily staying with friends and family.

NGOs - Historical Disadvantaged Individuals and the Mustadifin Foundation - provided blankets and hot meal to the 50 people who were left homeless after fire destroyed 12 shacks in the Bo-Kaap informal settlement.

Call to Stop Increasing Informal Settlements

North West Human Settlements MEC, Desbo Mohono, has urged the province’s municipalities to create stringent by-laws to prevent the ‘mushrooming’ of informal settlements.

Mohono, points out that, “We cannot win this battle if we continue to be held to ransom by our people, who continue to occupy land illegally and continue to add numbers to the ever emerging informal settlements.”

She made the appeal during the handing over of the informal settlements improvement plan report on Friday in Rustenburg, following a five year investigation.

Plan to Change Ekurhuleni Informal Settlements

Ekurhuleni member of the Mayoral Committee for Human Settlements, Queen Duba, says she will present a multimillion-rand plan to the council aimed at changing the face of 101 informal settlements in the Metro.

Duba says she will push for a resolution at the first council meeting of 2012 that R150 million be made available to her department to ensure that all informal settlement dwellers receive basic municipal services such as clean water, electricity and accessible roads for ambulance and police services.

Informal Settlements Growing – HSRC Report

A report by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) shows that one in four households in South Africa are located in informal settlements.

The 2011 State of South African Cities Report revealed that local government are struggling with an increased number of people moving into informal homes.

The report shows 25 percent of South African households can be classified as informal housing, adding that a fifth to a quarter of the urban population live in townships.

Urbanisation Difficult to Manage, Says SACN

The South African Cities Network (SACN) has warned that urbanisation is becoming increasingly difficult to manage as municipalities restrict new informal settlements.

SACN senior researcher, Ivan Turok, says that populations around cities are becoming increasingly dense.

Turok maintains that, "The effect of the restriction is that you squeeze people into the existing settlements and then you have the backyard shack phenomenon. The effect has created some very difficult environments for people to live in."

How to Combat Shack Fires

In recent months, there has been an unprecedented increase in media reporting of shack fires with all the gory details. We have all read the newspapers, listened to horrific stories from victims on radio and seen disturbing images on our television screens. Sadly, these fires will continue as long as no comprehensive national plan exists to deal systematically with the root problems.

Over the years while we, as the Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa, have been working in this area of injury prevention, we have realised that solutions lie in a number of areas, namely:

Govt Warned Over Informal Settlements

The Development Action Group (DAG) says that informal settlements in the country will never be completely eradicated.

The organisation believes that upgrading informal settlements is vital as government battles with its growing housing backlog.

The comments follow Western Cape human settlement MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela’s announcement that all informal settlements in the province will be serviced with water, electricity and refuse removal by 2014.

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