alternative accommodation - informal settlement - Honeydew - City of Johannesburg

SERI represents 76 households living at the Taylor Road informal settlement in Honeydew Manor Ext 27, which is owned by a private developer, Mikani Holdings. Many of the occupiers have lived at the settlement for 20 years.

In February 2014 an order for eviction of the occupiers was granted by the South Gauteng High Court, directing the City of Johannesburg to provide them with accommodation at the Ruimsig informal settlement by 1 August 2014 and directing the occupiers to vacate their current homes by 1 September 2014 . The City brought a rescission application and in July 2014 the parties met to discuss a settlement where the parties would vary the 20 February order on the relocation and costs. In July the occupiers and the City attended a verification process at the property in order to determine the number of households on the property. The relocation of the occupiers was due to take place by 30 November 2014, however was postponed to January 2015.

In early 2015 sixteen households were relocated to Fleurhof, a mixed housing development located on Main Reef Road, where they received full ownership of subsidised flats. The remaining occupiers relocated to the Ruimsig informal settlement where the City constructed shacks for them.