The City of Ekurhuleni is today, 13 March relocating 359 families from Harry Gwala informal settlement to a land approximately 400 metres away from where they are moved. The relocation is scheduled for four days starting today, 13 March to 16 March. The site where they are moved to has been prepared though removal of rubble and other forms of dumping, compacting of the G7 (gravel) material to prevent mud and to control storm water, and water and sanitation will be provided as people get relocated. Five ablution facilities and one stand pipe has been provided for families that have already been relocated during the first phase of relocation last year. Since 2004 over 1400 families have already been relocated from Harry Gwala and were provided with houses at Chief Albert Luthuli.
The land on which Harry Gwala is situated (Wattville Erf 3130) will be upgraded to a township, and engineering and development contractor has been appointed to render professional services for infrastructure development to support the successful implementation of the project. The contractor has been instructed to proceed with the 264 high density housing units on phase 1 and 700 units on phase 2 with a budget of about R300m to benefit the residents.
The city has secured a court order for removal of families that resisted the removal.