I recently visited the Ward 43 area of Evaton, a community serviced by the notorious Emfuleni Local Municipality. Evaton was established in 1904, with many families living there for many decades. This has however resulted in insecurity for some families who do not have title deeds despite living there for so long, leading to the land being claimed by others.
Land tenure is one of the biggest problems in the community, which has resulted in unknown people laying claim to much of the land and renting out portions of it. The community, like many others is plagued with sanitation, electricity and housing issues.
The community has some formal housing, which residents built for themselves. But the majority of residents are shack dwellers living on rented land.
Illegal electricity connections are quite common in the community, although there are a few households using prepaid metres. These are power lines erected 2010, which were never connected to households and thus have never been in use, resulting in many people still relying on candles and paraffin as sources of energy.
According to the Census 2011 results, the employment rate in Evaton stood at 38.6% which is about three quarters of the provincial rate
The average monthly income in the area according to Stats SA is R2 400, which is about half the average monthly income in Gauteng.
A community centre from which various programmes are run, which is also used as a meeting place by residents.
As seen on the wall of the community centre.