The general sense in the room was that the imbizo was little else than a talkshop and residents of informal settlement told the housing minister that they are tired of empty promises.
Residents of informal settlements in Durban complain of a lack of refuse collection while the city points fingers at them for illegal dumping.
Tension is brewing between informal settlements and those who live in brick houses in East London over illegal electricity connections.
Informal settlement residents continue to reconnect themselves to the electricity grid after the municipality disconnects their illegal supply.
To round off the year, Elitsha brings you some of the stories we covered this year.
A group of about 30 residents from Blowey informal settlement in Makhaza, recently protested outside the Khayelithsa SASSA offices demanding relief in cash instead of the food vouchers they have received.
18 structures were demolished by the Anti-Land Invasion Unit of the City of Cape Town on open land adjacent to a ‘temporary’ settlement
Another devastating fire has left 121 people in Khayelitsha homeless.
A survey by Elitsha reveals that women in informal settlements in Khayelitsha use toilets that lack privacy, safety and are not clean.