Fynbos families face a bleak Christmas
By Zolile Mate
Amanda Peters (33) and her two children face a bleak Christmas as they remain homeless after the Fynbos evictions. They now share a church room with at least 50 other families, who are barely surviving.
The families had hoped that by Christmas time, the Metro would have assisted with decent shelter after crashing at the City on a Hill Christian Church for four weeks with the assistance of Pastor Lewis Mirallier, whose church members are running out patience.
“Various members of the community have been ensuring that we get food, especially for our children,” said Peters.
The Buffalo City Metro Human Settlements is working on a plan to resolve the situation.
“We are on top of this matter. We spoke with their community leaders about a way forward. We care about our people and we love our people. We are busy with the list that we have requested to see who qualifies for RDP houses,” said Nozandile Mhlola.
She added that they will prioritise the elderly and people with disabilities when they receive funds. They have requested from the Province and National to build temporary houses for beneficiaries who are in the system.
“I cannot, however, confirm that they will spend Christmas in the church or in new houses. Procedures do become lengthy,” said Mhlola.
Community leader, Anthon King confirmed that BCMM Disaster Management visited them requesting their personal details and they were promised mattresses.