- Land invasions are on the rise in Cape Town's townships
- This has boosted shack-building businesses
- Builders charge as much as R3,500 for two-roomed shacks
Shack-building businesses in Cape Town's townships are booming thanks to a rising spate of illegal land invasions.
A builder in Khayelitsha, 57-year-old Mcebisi Qete, has been in this business since 1987, Briefly.co.za learned. Back then, he used to charge just R600 to build a two-roomed shack.
However, he now asks upwards of R3,500 for the same structure. As more kasi people occupy land, business is only getting better.
Speaking to Daily Sun, another builder, 60-year-old Ntlakanipho Mfeketho said:
These land invasions are making us rich because people are occupying land everywhere and they can’t do that without buying materials from us.
He added that although the government frowns upon such invasions, builders are not complaining because shacks are now hot property.
50-year-old Lusanda Sijwili added that the City of Cape Town often demolishes shacks, forcing people to return to shack builders.
Briefly.co.za recently covered the story of how residents of Mfuleni built a "super shack," which houses an astonishing 200 people.
As the land expropriation debate drags on, impatient residents in townships are likely to resort to more land invasions.
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