South Africa: City of Cape Town Moves 19 Families to a New Transitional Facility in Salt River

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Breaking with the past practice of moving people to transitional housing facilities as far as 30km from town, residents who have agreed to leave the Pine Road informal settlement in Woodstock, Cape Town, will move just one kilometre to the Pickwick transitional facility in Salt River. Depending on how much a household earns, the former Pine Road residents could eventually be moved to social housing or state-subsidised Breaking New Ground housing.

On Monday, 20 May, the City of Cape moved 19 families from the Pine Road informal settlement in Woodstock to a transitional facility in Salt River, saying it was "the first of its kind in the city and in the country".

Inadequate housing is a critical issue in the country, including in Cape Town, with ongoing protests flaring up in other areas in the Western Cape such as Strand and Caledon.

This transitional facility is regarded as the first of its kind because it will allow people "to wait in decency", Malusi Booi, the City's mayoral committee member for human settlements, told Daily Maverick.

Families are often moved to emergency housing after they have lost their homes to fires, or to low-income households while they wait for permanent housing....

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