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Thursday Jun 05, 2014

Cape Town to evict resort dwellers

The holiday is nearly over for people living illegally at council-owned resorts offering overnight accommodation for tourists and visitors.

The City of Cape Town's community services portfolio committee yesterday confirmed it was finalising the eviction of six illegal occupants at the Kuils River resort, and two at the resort in Zandvlei near Muizenberg.

'When the management of the resorts was taken over by the department in 2005 there were legal occupants that stayed on a longer term basis, paying a monthly tariff,' said Joe Oliver of the city's sport and recreation department. This included 48 residents in Kuils River and 21 at Zandvlei.

But the city claimed longer-term occupants had a negative impact on the resort as an 'attractive holiday environment', and were given notice.

The city's success in moving these tenants was welcomed by DA councillor Paddy Chapple. 'We have got to free up our places which were taken over by illegal or unnoticed leases.'

Zandvlei offers caravan and chalet accommodation ranging from R190 to R480 a night in peak season. The Kuils River Resort offers camping options for up to R190 in peak season.

ANC councillor Xoliswa Peter believed permanent residents at such resorts lowered the standard for visitors wanting to enjoy a holiday there.

The city is facing stiff legal resistance overMiller's Point, near Simon's Town, where the occupants of three mobile homes have resisted eviction. The city evicted 19 other occupants who had ignored notices to vacate mobile homes.

Chapple said the department needed to confirm the cost of legal action and whether there was budget available.

The city manages 13 camping and resort facilities. No guest may stay for more than four consecutive weeks or 28 days without prior arrangement.

A draft resort management and development policy to ensure effective use of council-owned resorts is due to be released for comment. It suggests resorts do not adhere to industry standards. Many, established as separate amenities, need refurbishment.

Cape Argus


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