Mayor Announces Fresh Way Forward for Hangberg

The Hangberg Coordinating 5 year review Meeting was held in the City of Cape Town Offices on September 7th wherein the Hangberg Peace and Mediation Forum leadership and City officials gave feedback on the status of Hangberg to the Mayor Patricia de Lille and Premier Helen Zille. In immediate response to the feedback the Mayor called the Peace and Mediation Forum, Hout Bay Partnership, and relevant city departments and officials to attend a follow-up meeting at the Hangberg Sports Centre on September 9th.

The Mayor apologized for the City’s role in delays on housing projects, making no excuses for the lack of accountability shown by the City and announced the newly appointed City of Cape Town Project Manager for Hangberg, Waleed Adams, head of engineering services for Human Settlements.  The Hangberg projects will now be moving forward with clear time tables and deadlines putting an emphasis on the accountability expected of the City departments involved.

Executive Director of Human Settlements, Dr Ivan Bromfield, set the deadline of 30th September 2015 for all water and electricity connections and structural assessments to be complete on the Row Houses project. Once these reports are finalized the transfer of property to qualified beneficiaries and deeds of sale can be completed in another month’s time.  The PMF Advice Office facilities will also be repaired using existing City contractors to ensure the space is available for the work and duties of the PMF to be possible.

The Mayor stressed the important role the community must play in their holding up of the Peace Accord in terms of illegal land dwellers and theft of construction efforts. The HPMF Vice Chairperson, Gregg Louw voiced the desire for local Hangberg talent and skills to be utilized in all City initiatives within Hangberg and additionally stressed the urgent need for a community workshop with the City and safety & security groups to educate the community on what has been agreed upon by the City, Province, San Parks, and the community regarding the issues around land invaders, and to mediate relationships between the community and government.

Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little, and Ward 74 Councillor, Marga Haywood were also present to start discussions with the Peace and Mediation Forum leadership on a productive way forward. The HPMF and City of Cape Town will now be meeting weekly to ensure efficient and continuing progress .

 

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