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Western Cape completes relocation of displaced people

by Nthambeleni Gabara
on 12 Sep 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The Western Cape Provincial Government has completed its process of relocating thousands of displaced people from other countries into three temporary shelters.

Provincial spokesperson, Palesa Morudu said the process that saw the displaced foreign nationals being consolidated into three temporary shelters was completed on Wednesday.

"The consolidation plan involved the centralisation of displaced foreign nationals from 37 temporary shelters across the City of Cape Town into three shelters," she said.

The provincial disaster management joint operations centre felt that it was difficult to manage the various shelters.

Ms Morudu said during the process, over 300 people chose to reintegrate to the respective local communities, while about 700 were relocated into the shelters.

The three shelters currently housing about 2 300 people are Harmony Park, Youngsfield military base in Wynberg.

The displaced foreign nationals were moved out of 11 community halls across Cape Town, as well as from Soetwater and Silwerstroom temporary shelters.

"Relief support is now only being provided to these three sites, with all other sites being de-registered.

"Of the remaining 2 300 people, some have indicated a wish to be repatriated back to their respective countries of origin," she said.

She further said that the next process will focus on an intensive repatriation and reintegration programme.

The International Organisation for Migration and other agencies will be visiting the three shelters in the next two weeks to continue with and step up the repatriation process.

The facilitation team will also be working with various communities to prepare conditions for final reintegration. The process will take up to four to five weeks.

Thousands of people in the province became displaced after the violence attacks against people from other countries broke out across the country in May this year. - BuaNews


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