City working to transform Kalkfontein informal settlement

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The City is upgrading the Kalkfontein informal settlement, including the provision of a toilet for each household and the issuing of title deeds or security of tenure for residents.

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area East, Councillor Anda Ntsodo, last week visited the Kalkfontein informal settlement near Blue Downs which is being upgraded as part of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP). This upgrade includes the provision of toilets, taps, and electricity connections for each of the 833 planned serviced sites. In addition, each household will receive either a title deed or tenure certificate once the upgrade has been completed.

When title is ultimately transferred to the new owners, it empowers them to pursue economic opportunities. The sense of ownership provided by title creates a framework where residents feel better able and motivated to improve their space, and gives residents an asset they can leverage to access the formal economy.

The City, in accordance with policy, went to significant lengths to include the community in the UISP process and community members are represented on the project steering committee. Furthermore, labour sourced from surrounding communities is being used wherever possible.

‘The City of Cape Town is facing an ever-increasing demand for housing, and informal settlements are likely to remain a feature in the city for the foreseeable future. This requires us to come up with innovative ways to uplift our residents in the interim, in line with the service delivery focus of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

‘As such, we are taking proactive measures to improve the lives of those on the housing database by providing a higher level of basic services to residents as they wait for their opportunity for formal housing, as well as formalising residents’ ownership of the land on which they live,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.

The upgrade is set for completion in the 2018/2019 financial year if all goes as planned.

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