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Mamelodi flood victims give City of Tshwane ultimatum over housing

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Mamelodi flood survivors protesting outside Tshwane House

Mamelodi flood victims have given the City of Tshwane seven days to respond to their demands for safe and adequate housing.

The flood survivors descended on Tshwane House on Thursday afternoon, demanding an audience with representatives from the city.

In 2019, the residents of the northeast Tshwane township were rocked by floods which tore through the area, destroying more than 700 homes and displacing more than 1 000 of them.

In February last year, disaster struck again leaving about 150 shack dwellers homeless when their informal settlements were washed away by similarly devastating floods.

YNews spoke with David Sholtz from The Mamelodi Flood Victims.

He says residents have been left helpless, especially as they face the future rainy season.

Many victims say they continue to live in sub-standard and overcrowded community halls in the aftermath of the disaster.

This despite promises from local government to have them safely relocated.

They say government had identified two plots of land meant for their relocation and they were promised that they would be moved to their new homes by January 2023.

 

However, the survivors say, they haven’t heard from city officials since then.

Receiving their memorandum of demands Tshwane Council Speaker, Mncedi Ndzwanana, committed to addressing residents’ concerns. Article by Naomi Kobbie

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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