Removal of trespassers from Communicare’s property: unit 28 Ysterplaat, Brooklyn (14 February 2021)

14 February 2021 Removal of trespassers from Communicare’s property:unit 28 Ysterplaat, Brooklyn On Sunday evening (7 February 2021), Communicare received notification from residentsin the area and its security company, that there were suspicious movements around Unit 28 Ysterplaat in Brooklyn. Specifically, residents were concerned that the property was about to be occupied. On further investigation, it was found that three armed males and one female had broken into the property. Communicare thereafter opened a break-in and trespassing case at the Maitland offices of the South African Police Service (SAPS; Case Number available upon request). We subsequently advised the trespassers to leave the premises and alerted the SAPS that we would be removing them. On the evening of Tuesday, 9th of February, a security task team, including Servest was assembled, to initiate the removal. The security team found a security gate welded shut to prevent entry into the unit. One female was subsequently removed from the premises in the presence of a female SAPS officer. She refused to provide identification documents to the SAPS and the security team.As the story developed, the woman was identified as Zuzeka Apollis, who is a former tenant of Communicare.No children were present at the time of the removal. This incident has culminated to the reported actions on Saturday of handing a memorandum to the Maitland police and opening of a case against the organisation. In that sense, the organisation will have to let the lawtake its course. There seems to be a concerted campaign to illegally occupy our buildings in the area, and this is just one of the incidents. It is important to note, that all 4 individuals were not Communicare tenants and for this reason, this could notbe classified as an eviction, but rather a removal of illegal occupants. Communicare continues to [...]

2021-05-04T23:42:54+00:00Press Release|

Statement on current status on the redevelopment of Welverdiend (26 January 2021)

26 January 2021 Statement on current status on the redevelopment of Welverdiend Communicare has made progress on the planned redevelopment of one of its properties, Welverdiend in Rondebosch. Tenants were informed in October 2019 about Communicare’s plan to relocate them to suitable accommodation of their choice within our portfolio as a result of the decision to demolish the ageing property with failing infrastructure. Communicare plans to redevelop the property into affordable rental units. Finding new homes for tenants Communicare’s key priority was finding new homes for tenants particularly the frail and elderly. We anticipated that the move would be stressful and an emotional experience for the elderly. For several months we offered vacant units, at no extra costs, to the elderly, disabled or for single moms in our nearby properties. Communicare provided ongoing support for tenants through the entire relocation process. Tenants were taken to view available units in the portfolio and could choose the accommodation that was most suitable for their needs. Communicare then helped tenants to pack and arranged for removals companies to transport their belongings to their new homes. Tenants were moved to accommodation within a 10km radius of Welverdiend in the Southern Suburbs to maintain a sense of community. However, a few tenants have chosen to move to Bothasig which is a bit further. There are 59 tenants who have successfully moved to other accommodation. There are 39 tenants currently living at Welverdiend with 18 scheduled to relocate soon. That leaves 21 tenants who are yet to make a decision. Current tenants in Welverdiend Communicare is currently engaging with tenants who haven’t yet taken up alternative accommodation offered at no extra costs. Some tenants are reluctant to move due to the disruption of relocating from Rondebosch while others feel that Communicare should not demolish the [...]

2021-05-04T23:31:33+00:00Press Release|

Update on eviction notice to building hijackers at Albatros

12 December 2020 Update on eviction notice to building hijackers at Albatros On 30 October 2020, the Court ordered the eviction of those illegally occupying 12 units in Albatros, a block of flats belonging to Communicare. The Court gave the occupantsuntil14 December to vacate the premises. The Sheriff of the Court will thereafter evict all those who refuse to leave. Regrettably, none of the occupants have moved out despite the court giving them more than a months’ notice. If the apartments are not vacated by the date specified by the Court the occupant will be contravening the Court order. The Sheriff of the Court will then step in to implement the Court order by evicting those who insist on unlawfully occupying the units. Communicare has no jurisdiction over the Sheriff or the implementation of the Court order and is not aware when the eviction will occur. Communicare has no authority to evict illegal occupiers. That is the decision of the Court. “Communicare has offered the occupants the opportunity to sign leases and become legal tenants. This was rejected. It is unfortunate but there is nothing more Communicare can do.The law will now have to take its course,” said Anthea Houston, CEO of Communicare. Download Press Release

2021-05-04T23:21:01+00:00Press Release|

Statement on Eviction Order for Albatros Building Hijackers (3 November 2020)

3 November 2020 Court grants eviction order for Albatros building hijackers Communicare experienced attempts to hijack several of its properties in Cape Town over the last two years. The actions of these parties were reported to the police who have brought charges of burglary and trespassing against them and for which they were arrested and appeared in court. In March last year the High Court also interdicted the individuals involved from unlawfully occupying more units and from inciting others to do so. Locks to buildings werecut, unarmed security guards were forcedat gunpoint to hand over keys while others were violently attacked onvarious premises. This violence resulted in certain unknown parties moving into eleven units at our Albatros apartment complex in August 2019. The complex is located in Thornton and is registered and managed by goodfind Properties, a company fully owned by Communicare. Communicare applied to the High Court for an order to have the occupants removed from the property and the apartments returned to our control. The issue has been pending in the Court for more than a year and began long before South Africa went into lockdown. On Friday 30 October 2020, we finally had the opportunity to present the facts of the Albatros unit hijackings to the Court. The Court found that the occupation of these units was illegal. The court issued an order giving the occupiers until the 14th December 2020 tomove out of the units in a dignified way or to face an eviction by the Sheriff of the Court thereafter. The apartments range from one to three bedrooms. The people involved have not paid for the benefit of residing in these spacious apartments which they have unfairly occupied for over one year. They have also repeatedly made illegal connections to water and electricity services, [...]

2021-05-04T23:16:03+00:00Press Release|

Statement on the Albatros building hijacking(29 October 2020)

29 October 2020 Statement on the Albatros building hijacking Communicare experienced attempts to hijack several of its properties in Cape Town over the last two years. The actions of these parties were reported to the police who have brought charges of burglary and trespassing against them and for which they were arrested and appeared in court. In March last year the High Court also interdicted the individuals involved from unlawfully occupying more units and from inciting others to do so. Communicare applied to the High Court for an order to have the occupants removed from the property and the apartments returned to our control. The issue has been pending in the Court for more than a year and began long before South Africa went into lockdown. The court date to hear this matter is now set for Friday 30 October 2020. We are pleased that we will finally have the opportunity to present the facts to the Court and to have justice take its course. Locks to buildings have been cut, unarmed security guards were overpowered and held at gunpoint to hand over keys while others were violently attacked on our various premises. This violence resulted in certain unknown parties moving into eleven units at our Albatros apartment complex in August 2019. The complex is located in Thornton and is registered and managed by goodfind Properties, a company fully owned by Communicare. The apartments range from one to three bedrooms. The people involved have not paid for the benefit of residing in these spacious apartments which they have been unfairly occupying for over one year. They have also repeatedly made illegal connections to water and electricity services, while other tenants pay for these services. While our tenants are generally honest law-abiding people, it has been disappointing to note that [...]

2021-05-04T23:10:16+00:00Press Release|

Response to Article (Thornton Residents Case Postponed) 8 May 2020

8 May 2020 Dear Odwa, Your article entitled “Thornton resident’s case postponed” on page 3 of the Cape Times on 8 May 2020 refers. I am concerned about consistent inaccurate reporting by Independent Newspapers on Communicare. The current article is a case in point. I wish topoint out the following inaccuracies: 1. The headline state that the case was postponed. There was no case. Communicare met with the judge in chambers. That is all that happened. The statement is clear about this. 2. The story consistently refers to “tenants” at Albatross. These are not tenants. These are people who illegally hijacked a building and unlawfully occupied it. A criminal case has been lodged. The statement is clear about this. 3. Communicare has noted your repeated use of Neville Petersen as a sole source of information who has been discredited for peddling incorrect information about Communicare yet you consistently use him as a sole source. Have you verified any of his claims? This is was brought to the attention of Independent Newspapers in a case before your own ombuds which you lost. The statement is clear about this. 4. Mr Petersen claims to represent the Communicare Tenant Beneficiaries. We have never heard of this organisation. You may have detected a trend of Mr Petersen appointing himself to non-existent organisations. Have you checked if such an organisation exists and who they represent? 5. You claim that our tenants are harassed. What evidence do you have to support your claim of harassment? 6. Note that Communicare is not a purely social housing institution. Only 2 of our complexes are social housing as regulated by the SHRA. Drommedaris Pilot Project -first occupied in 2010 and Bothasig Gardens Phase 2 -first occupied in 2012. Combined, these are 339 units. This constitutes 10% of all [...]

2020-05-25T12:43:51+00:00Press Release|

Communicare takes action to protect albatross tenants (7 May 2020)

Thursday, 7 May 2020 Communicare takes action to protect albatross tenants No-one was evicted at Albatross today. The incident at Albatross, a property owned by Communicare, dates back to September last year when locks to the premises were cut in an attempt to hijack and illegally occupy the building. These people are illegal occupants not tenants. Communicare lodged a criminal case at the time and is in the process of seeking a court order to bar the culprits from illegally occupying the premises. The court will ultimately decide whether those people should be evicted. We are confident that it will do so when it finds that they have acted unlawfully by violently forcing their way onto the property. A meeting took place in the judge’s chambers today in relation to this court action which was underway long before the lockdown. The lockdown regulations provide for such proceedings to continue at court but no evictions may be carried out. “We are currently offering rental relief to all our legal tenants who may be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We are very sympathetic to the plight of our tenants in these difficult times and we are doing all we can to assist tenants who have fallen on hard time,” said Michelle Matthee, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Communicare. - End For more information: Statement: Communicare Acts to Protect Tenants in Building Hijacking https://communicare.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Communicare-Acts-to-Protect-Tenants-in-Building-Hijacking-11-Sept-2019.pdf Communicare offers rental relief for tenants affected by lockdown https://communicare.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/PRESS-RELEASE-Communicare-offers-rental-relief-for-tenants-affected-by-lockdown-29-April-2020.pdf Please refer to clause 6 in the case before the ombuds that Communicare won with regard to statements issued by Neville Petersen: https://communicare.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Response-to-Ombuds-30-January-2020.pdf Download Press Release

2020-05-25T12:24:53+00:00Press Release|

Communicare offers rental relief for tenants affected by lockdown (29 April 2020)

29 April 2020 Communicare offers rental relief for tenants affected by lockdown PresidentRamaphosa’sdeclaration ofa National State of Disasterto curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus wasin the interest of the wellbeing and safety of all in South Africa. The lockdown has severely disrupted our economy and has grave impacts for those with low incomes in our society. It presents new challenges for Communicare and our tenants. We understand that the lockdown may have thrown tenants’ income and livelihoods into turmoil.We are working with tenants to ease the impact of the lockdown on their families. “I am pleased that the President announced increases in the grants for SASSA pensioners and in the Child Support grant. This will go some way to relieving the pressure on our most vulnerable tenants. However, we recognise that for many of our tenants, this may not be sufficient to relieve the impact this lockdown is having on their households” said Anthea Houston CEO of Communicare. We know that many tenants are battling to make ends meet and keep food on the table. As a property owner we are in a good position to help these tenants. We are offering all tenants who have been financially affected by the national lockdown an opportunity to apply for special rental relief. Each application will be reviewed individually to consider what relief can be extended to the tenant. Relief may be in the form of rental deferment, rental reductionor use of the deposit. Tenants are advised to contact our call centre to apply for rental relief by emailing callcentre@communicare.org.zaor calling 0800 266737. “Communicare is going through a tough time. All developments have ground to a halt, and we are currently uncertain what the impact will be on the planned new housing developments we have in the pipeline. We are [...]

2020-05-25T12:16:57+00:00Press Release|
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