City and Hangberg community reach agreement
By Khanyisa Tabata
31 January 2011
An agreement between the City of Cape Town and the Hangberg community reached through mediation.
Mediator Brain Williams says the mediation process was not the order of the court but a decision for the mediation was taken in a meeting on the 18th of October last year.
Williams says this was an alternative from going to the court to settle the dispute between the people of Hangeberg and the City.
“The parties have agreed that they will work within a constitutional framework to obtain solutions in a democratic, transparent and accountable manner.
“There are no intentions to relocate the community to Blikkiesdorp and are committed to trying to find a solution within the area. It also includes that the City and Sanparks shall arrange for training on awareness of fire safety,” said Williams.
Over 12 elections took place before 39 representatives were to present nine different clusters from the area. This happened after a public meeting on the 09th of December last year where people knew when they can nominate an individual, added Williams.
“Those who were elected know that if they should be recalled another election process will take place.
“In terms of the agreement the City has committed itself to transferring 61 row houses to the rightful owners in terms appropriate legal process,’’ said Williams.