KNYSNA NEWS - Knysna has experienced a dramatic increase in illegal land invasions during the last few years.
Affected areas include the informal residential areas of Concordia, Dam-se-Bos, Khayalethu Valley, Jood-se-Kamp, Heidevallei, White Location, Rheenendal, Karatara and the Sedgefield dunes.
Knysna Municipality's human settlements department will identify land for the establishment of temporary relocation areas, and its legal department will obtain an interdict so that SAPS may assist municipal law enforcement officers with the demolition of structures in these areas.
Acting municipal manager Dr Michele Gratz will establish a task team to develop a standard operating procedure to manage current and future illegal land invasions. A supply chain process will be followed to appoint an independent security firm to guard potentially vulnerable vacant land, and the current service provider will assist the law enforcement officers as and when necessary.
Ward councillors will play a more proactive role by engaging with community members regarding this situation and by assisting and supporting the community services directorate in preventing such illegal activity. – Supplied, KM
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