Article By: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 18:13
Informal settlements in Sweetwaters and Bhekaphambili, south of Johannesburg, will be developed into a new township, the Gauteng housing department said on Tuesday.
"The eradication of these informal settlements signals a new beginning for the residents of Sweetwaters and Bhekaphambili," housing MEC Kgaogelo Lekgoro said in a statement.
He said the building of the new township meant the dignity of residents living in these areas would be restored as they would be living in decent homes.
"Not only that [but] we will also be building schools as well as creating space for social amenities."
The new township called Kanana, will boast two primary schools, one secondary school, and recreation space.
In addition a community centre would be developed.
Lekgoro said the plight of the people of Sweetwaters could not continue when there were resources to establish a completely new township.
The department has purchased 11 portions of land covering 152 hectares at a value of R12.3-million for the development of the planned township.
Two more portions of about 17 hectares of land would be added to the development in future.
Sweetwaters informal settlement has been identified as one of the 122 informal settlements in the Gauteng province suitable for normalisation.
It was one of the areas visited by President Jacob Zuma.
During his second visit to the area recently, Zuma made a commitment to residents that government would build houses for them and also provide other social amenities.
The process to formalise the informal settlements will also benefit the neighbouring settlement, Thulamntwana, as the City of Johannesburg is in the process of formalising it as well.
Departmental spokesman Fred Mokoko said the department would shortly begin with the process to formalise the township as well as allocate stands to beneficiaries.