Housing units for Pretoria informal settlement

An informal settlement. Picture: Michel Bega.

An informal settlement. Picture: Michel Bega.

The final site of the informal settlement however still had to be decided amid objections about its environmental impact.

Pre-fabricated units have been procured to house residents of the controversial Plastic View squatter settlement in the east of Pretoria.

The informal settlement is home to more than 3 000 people and is situated next to the Moreleta NG Church on prime property about a two kilometres from Woodland Mall, Rekord East reported.

However, exactly where these Transitional Residential Units would be erected had not yet been finalised, said Tshwane metro mayoral spokesperson Blessing Manale.

“[Plans] including the finalisation of the actual relocation site, are underway but also rely on the finalisation of the Environmental Impact Assessment for final submission for decision making,” Manale said.

Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa told a recent council meeting the notorious illegal settlement would not be moved to Garsfontein as earlier stated by Tshwane regional executive director Sello Chipu.

Garsfontein residents had objected to the estimated 3 000 squatters being moved to the new area and the decision to relocate them had been reversed.

“The pre-fabricated one room units had been procured and are to be erected on the final site,” Manale said.

The final site however still had to be decided amid objections about its environmental impact.

Manale said the Plastic View residents would definitely be moved albeit within the existing vicinity.

“The city is currently in the final stages of seeking a positive record of decisions on the environmental impact process,” Manale said.

Tshwane metro had been involved in several court cases, spanning more than ten years, in attempts to remove the squatters.

Manale said it was still the metro’s intention to sell the valuable land parcel in which Plastic View was located.

A decision last year by the metro to auction off the property on which Plastic View is located was halted at the eleventh hour by Lawyers for Human Rights who lodged a successful urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court.

– Caxton News Service

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