News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday September 19th 2019

Relocated residents say City has compromised their children’s safety


With the MyCiTi bus service expansion to Du Noon north of Cape Town going full steam ahead, some families along Potsdam Road have had to be moved off City-owned land to allow the construction of dedicated bus lanes.

But the 14 relocated families say the area the City has placed them is unsafe and furthermore, they were not provided with sufficient building materials.

The families were relocated from Potsdam Road which runs past Du Noon, on July 29, to a Temporary Relocation Area (TRA) in Du Noon’s Ekuphumleni informal settlement adjacent to the N7.

Although the shacks are only a few metres from the N7, there is no fencing preventing children straying toward the highway, and a shallow dam is also situated nearby, raising fears among parents of their children drowning.

Andiswa Nyathera, 35, a mother of four young children, said she had a two-bedroomed shack alongside Potsdam Road and the building materials the City provided for her relocated shack were not enough to replicate the size of home she had.

Nyathera said the City had given them the option of taking either the supplied building kit or R1 000.

She said she was frustrated and angry that the new area was not safe for her children.

Father, Johann Logenstein voiced similar fears.

“I have a problem staying here with a two-year-old child. It’s not safe,” he said.

City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlement, Ernest Sonnenberg, said the 14 families were relocated after “extensive negotiations with them”.

He said the affected families accepted the City’s standard assistance of a “fire kit” – the building materials supplied to residents affected by fire – without any resistance.

“Money was never mentioned or offered,” said Sonnenberg, but water  standpipes and chemical toilets had been installed. — Peter Luhanga

Tags: Andiswa Nyathera, Du Noon, Ekuphumleni informal settlement, Ernest Sonnenberg, Johann Logenstein, MyCiTi Bus Service, Potsdam Road

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