The Draft Budget for the 2016/17 to 2018/19 financial year for the City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate proposes more than R333 million spend on the provision of services to Council-unit backyard dwellers and the upgrade of informal settlements across the metro.
For the first year, it is proposed that the Human Settlements Directorate will spend approximately R134 million on backyarder and informal settlement upgrade projects across the city, including in 8ste Laan (Valhalla Park) Kalkfontein (Kuils River) and Sweet Homes (Philippi).
This forms part of the Directorate’s total planned budget for the new financial year of R1,7 billion. It also includes proposed allocations for new housing projects expected to start in the latter part of the year and the upgrade and maintenance of housing rental stock.
The City’s aim of increasing the successful roll-out of services to backyard dwellers and the upgrade of informal settlements over the next years will be absolutely dependent on the cooperation of the communities involved and the support from the beneficiaries and other partners.