Sisulu calls for a suspension of evictions

Posted On Thursday, 02 April 2020 21:46 Published by
Rate this item
(0 votes)

The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has appealed to municipalities and private property owners to suspend evictions during the current lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lindiwe_Sisulu

Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown as part of efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“The Minister and senior management of the Department of Human Settlements had a video conference meeting with leaders of community organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations. During the meeting, [the Minister] was informed of ongoing evictions, including in eThekwini Metro,” the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation said in a statement on Thursday.

The Minister has appealed for evictions to be halted and instead for the municipalities and private property owners to prioritise measures aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The civil society organisations have committed to work with the ministry.

Among others, they committed to spread education on COVID-19 in their communities, as well as assist with pointing out areas that are still struggling with reliable access to water.

The Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation is in the process of providing water and sanitation to informal settlements, public areas including taxi ranks, as well as rural areas.

A total of 20 000 water tanks have already left the depot. Some have been connected to the water infrastructure and are providing much needed water to communities, while others are currently being transported to communities identified as having a need.

Sisulu has called on the municipalities and communities at large to look after their infrastructure and water tanks, which have been put in place to assist them.

She urged people who are installing tanks to take the necessary precautions to minimise their risk of infection.

“While it remains our responsibility as government to provide basic services to our communities, the situation we currently find ourselves in calls for us to do things differently. It is for this reason that we are appealing to borehole drilling companies across the country to extend a helping hand by drilling boreholes for communities who are in desperate need of water.

“We implore our municipalities and private property owners to understand that preferably, the only movement of people that should occur now is through the de-densification initiative, which was recently announced by my department. It is aimed at preventing densely populated settlements from being overwhelmed by COVID-19,” Sisulu said.

Last modified on Thursday, 02 April 2020 21:57

Most Popular

Deeds Office reopening good news for sellers and buyers of property, as well as the property industry

May 01, 2020
Andrew Golding Golding Property Group
Deeds Office reopening good news for sellers and buyers of property, as well as the…

Wide-spread implications for South Africa’s real estate market following COVID-19

May 05, 2020
JLL_Logo
JLL, one of the world’s leading real estate investment and advisory firms, today released…

Deeds office reopen their doors to the public

May 09, 2020
Carlize Knoesen
The Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has announced the reopening…

Relooking green buildings in the future of the covid-19 pandemic

May 01, 2020
Brett Chrystal
The Covid-19 lockdown has offered us an unexpected opportunity to reflect on our…

SA REIT appoints Joanne Solomon as its first CEO

May 05, 2020
Joanne Solomon new CEO SA REIT Association
With her wealth of financial and property sector experience, Joanne Solomon has been…

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.