Servitudes and encroachment
Servitudes in South Africa play a crucial role in the development and maintenance of infrastructure. As a legal right given to a person or entity to use a specific portion of land owned by someone else for a particular purpose. In the case of infrastructure, servitudes are often granted to utility companies such as power, water, and telecommunications providers, allowing them to install and maintain their services on private land.
However, servitudes in South Africa are not without their challenges, with illegal encroachment a prevailing issue. When people build structures or settle on land that falls within the boundaries of a servitude. Illegal encroachment can lead to damage of infrastructure, which then results in service disruptions.
Illegal squatters often settle in areas around infrastructure, such as power lines and pipelines, which can pose a risk to their safety as well as the safety of the infrastructure. Illegal settlements also put a strain on the infrastructure, as the utility companies may need to expend resources to provide services to these areas, which may not have been budgeted for.
To combat these challenges, it is important to have effective monitoring systems in place. This is where satellite monitoring and GIS technology come into play, as they provide a means of identifying illegal encroachment and squatting in and around servitude areas. This allows for early intervention by the authorities, preventing the escalation of the problem and protecting the infrastructure.