City to probe usage of Communicare-run housing, says Pinelands Councillor

The City of Cape Town plans to investigate the usage and registration of a Pinelands property owned by social housing group, Communicare.

It emerged last week that senior citizens have been struggling to make ends meet, with very little care provided, at SAWAS House.

Communicare has insisted that SAWAS House is not an old age home or frail care facility, and that provision of meals and healthcare is not part of their rental agreement with residents.

However, Pinelands Councillor Brian Watkyns says the title deed of the property stipulates that the site must be used exclusively as an old age facility.

The title deeds say it must be for an old age home. So if they are not running an old age home, they are actually illegal.

Alderman Brian Watkyns, Councillor for Ward 53

If they are running an old age home, we have discovered they are not registered. Either way, there appears to a problem with usage of the property.

Alderman Brian Watkyns, Councillor for Ward 53

Watkyns has advised that the senior residents also meet with Communicare management to address their grievances.

At the same time, Pinelands locals have created a group in order to help provide care for the elderly tenants.

He has thanked Capetonians and local companies for their continued help and support.

Take a listen to Brian Watkyns explain the way forward:

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