Stellenbosch backyarders threaten to occupy golf course

Members of the Stellenbosch Yard Dwellers’ Discussion board marched to the Stellenbosch City Corridor, demanding inexpensive housing.

  • Stellenbosch backyarders marched to the Stellenbosch municipality on Wednesday handy over a housing petition with practically 1 000 signatures.
  • The Stellenbosch Yard Dwellers’ Discussion board says land promised to them for housing by the mayor has now been bought to non-public builders.
  • They are saying if the municipality doesn’t reply inside seven days they’ll occupy the Stellenbosch Golf Membership.

Stellenbosch backyarders say that if their housing calls for aren’t heard they’ll occupy the Stellenbosch Golf Membership. 

About 50 members of the Stellenbosch Yard Dwellers Discussion board marched to the city corridor on Wednesday demanding progress on housing developments they are saying have been promised to them by the municipality.

They reside in shacks within the backyards of houses in Cloetesville, paying hire of between R800 and R2 500 a month to the owners. The discussion board handed a petition to the municipality, signed by 966 individuals, demanding that a number of items of land be earmarked for housing for backyarders.

The discussion board stated that in close by Kayamandi, the municipality had acquired land and constructed homes on it for individuals who had occupied the land. However their very own calls for had been ignored, they stated.

“Ought to we additionally begin invading land illegally earlier than we’re listened to?” they stated within the petition.

“Ought to we not obtain any suggestions inside seven days we will certainly disrupt/invade the golf course,” they stated.

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Discussion board secretary PJ Plaatjies advised GroundUp that the backyarders had been participating with the municipality since 2011. In line with Plaatjies, a bit of land in Cloetesville had been recognized by the mayor and the backyarders had been promised homes there.

However he stated the land had now been bought to non-public property builders.

“We all know they’ll concentrate after we invade the golf course as a result of that’s the place the wealthy individuals go,” stated Plaatjies.

“Our individuals are struggling,” stated Christine Steyn, treasurer of the discussion board. “We’re blocked by the municipality, they’re promoting our land to exterior individuals and it’s going to cease this yr. We’ve been peaceable lengthy sufficient.”

Steyn stated that the safety complexes being constructed round Cloetesville have been unaffordable for backyarders.

Stellenbosch Municipality spokesperson Stuart Grobbelaar advised GroundUp that the municipality would reply to the memorandum inside seven days. He stated the municipality engaged with the discussion board recurrently.

In line with Grobbelaar, the municipality had recognized a number of items of land in Cloetesville and had utilized for funding for feasibility research from the Division of Human Settlements.

“Human settlements is a nationwide and provincial competency and mandate,” he stated.

“Municipalities throughout the nation act merely as implementing brokers for housing tasks primarily based on funding obtained from these spheres of presidency.

“Stellenbosch Municipality supplies as many housing alternatives as doable with the restricted sources that we obtain.”

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