The people of Kya Sands will be moved to safer and more sanitary areas in the community, assures the City of Johannesburg's mayoral commitee member for Infrastructure Services and Environment.
Matshidiso Mfikoe says that the City is committed to relocating residents and will pursue all legal avenues to achieve this.
She says that process has been delayed because the land earmarked for residents is privately owned by someone outside of South Africa.
We are battling to get a hold of him. We will follow all the legal requirements as much as possible, in the acquisition of the land... We are really committed to moving them.— Matshidiso Mfikoe, MayCo member of Infrastructure Services and Environment
Mfikoe could not specify which area residents would be moved to, but said that they would work to improve basic service delivery in the meantime.
The health and safety of residents in the informal settlement came under the spotlight after concerns were raised by callers to the John Robbie Show.
The 702 breakfast host recently returned to the community, and noted some improvements since his initial visit, including the construction of a bridge.
Listen to the full conversation: