Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is due to meet with Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato to discuss how to address the human settlement challenges in Cape Town.

There is concern about sporadic incidents of land invasions and evictions in the metro which have sometimes turned violent over the past couple of weeks.

Recently in Kraaifontein hundreds of people tried to invade the land in one of the latest incidents that took place.

Meanwhile, Minister  Sisulu has met with her counterparts from the police, agriculture, and public works to discuss concerns around the recent violent protests in Cape Town.

In a statement, Sisulu says they have agreed to devise a plan to deal with some of the challenges, including restoring law and order and providing housing.

She says government is concerned about the spate of invasions and evictions in the city.

On Monday, the Cape Coloured People’s Congress (CCPC) also took to the streets to protest against the lack of services in Coloured communities.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is due to meet with Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato today to consolidate a plan…

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Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has met with her counterparts from the police, agriculture and public works to…

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City of Cape Town’s Anti Land Invasion Unit receives criticism

R4.6 billion sets aside to upgrade over 300 informal settlements

The Minister, Sisulu, says R4.6 billion has been allocated to provinces and metro municipalities to upgrade more than 300 informal settlements.

The Department says there is a need to improve living conditions in informal settlements in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Human Settlements Deputy Director-General Joseph Leshabane says, “As things stand, there are over 300 informal settlements that are planned to be upgraded – that means proper roads have to be put in, land security for occupants, but also services such as sanitation.

We are doing this in partnership with those communities and the local municipality. It is the first time that we have a dedicated grant for informal settlements and that will grow going forward, given the huge prevalence of informal settlements across the country.”

The provinces and metros respectively receive R4.2 billion in the current budget.

Sisulu added that the department would introduce COVID-19 impact relief measures, including zero penalties for estate agencies for late submission of audited statements until the end of October.

As well as rearrangements for loan repayment for affordable housing lenders and rental relief to tenants in affordable rental housing.

In the video below land invasions near Khayelitsha are in the spotlight