The Gauteng Department of Housing plans to relocate people living in the environmentally unsafe areas in Bekkersdal on the West Rand.
Provincial housing MEC Nomvula Mokonyane, pictured, announced the relocation of 14000 families living in the informal settlement in the dolomitic mine belt, during the Bekkersdal development forum annual general meeting at the weekend.
The meeting, which started on Saturday in Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal, ended yesterday with the election of 40 new members. Their task is to lead the development programme in the area.
"Given the challenges related to land security and relocation, it is important for all community leaders to bear in mind that development knows no boundaries and, therefore, should not be politicised," Mokonyane said.
"Your role is to contribute towards finding solutions and helping government to improve services and living conditions for the people of Bekkersdal," she said.
Mokonyane said people living in informal settlements would be relocated to new housing developments in Droogeheuwel, Middelvlei and Westonaria West.
Mokonyane's spokesman, Victor Moreriane, said the relocation was scheduled for next year.