The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has expressed disappointment over the lack of progress in the implementation of an important protocol aimed at resettling communities residing between the Philippi and Langa railway reserve. The initiative intends to create open corridors for trains to reach the Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha communities in Cape Town. SCOPA has resolved to hold monthly progress meetings with the signatories of the implementation protocol to address the concerning lack of collaboration and compliance.
The signatories to the protocol include key government departments such as Transport, Human Settlements, and Public Works and Infrastructure, along with the Western Cape provincial departments of Human Settlements and Transport and Public Works. The City of Cape Town Metro Municipality, the Housing Development Agency (HDA), and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are also involved.
In a meeting held today, SCOPA met with PRASA, HDA, the City of Cape Town Metro Municipality, and the relevant national departments to receive an update on the progress made. However, instead of presenting a progress report, the parties engaged in negotiations and planning for future actions.
This lack of progress and failure to adhere to the implementation protocol has raised concerns within the committee, as it directly affects PRASA’s compliance with the third extension of the executive order on the eviction of affected communities. Without proper collaboration and compliance, the resettlement process stalls, impacting the timeline for improving commuter services to Cape Town communities.
Recognizing the urgent need for resolution, the committee has urged all parties involved to develop a roadmap that adheres to the law and ensures the timely completion of the resettlement project. The next meeting, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2023, will focus on addressing these issues.
SCOPA remains committed to overseeing the progress of the implementation protocol and ensuring that the affected communities are properly resettled. The committee emphasizes the importance of collaboration among the signatories to effectively execute the plan, ultimately opening up railway corridors for improved commuter services to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.
The lack of progress not only delays the improvement of infrastructure and transportation services but also hinders the overall development and well-being of the affected communities. By addressing the challenges and facilitating efficient collaboration, SCOPA aims to safeguard the rights and interests of the communities while upholding legal requirements.
As the committee continues its efforts to bring about progress and compliance with the implementation protocol, Stay tuned for more information on this important initiative that aims to improve the lives of Cape Town residents by enhancing commuter services and infrastructure.