The town of Sabie is small in size but consist of many people due to population growth. These situations lead a lot of people to illegally settle themselves without the approval of municipality.
The municipality does not encourage land invasions, but understand the economic pressure for people to be closer to work opportunities.
“Once formalised, these areas will receive basic services planned for 2018/19. There is a need for some portion in other informal settlements to move to areas that will comply with township planning arrangements for the provision of services. The municipality disapproves illegal land invasions and this will not be tolerated going forward.
Concerning the issue of Nkanini, the site handover for electrification project has been done by January 2018. This project might run for a period of 3 months and it worth R4, 5 million. As a municipality, we prioritized the installation of smart metering in both old and new electricity network infrastructure for efficient usage and detect meter tempering.
This will also assist in increasing the revenue base of the municipality which will be channelled back to the community to improve service delivery,” said Selina Mashigo-Sekgobela.