The settlement area known as Diepsloot was established in 1995 by what was at the time known as the Rand provincial administration as a temporary (informal) shelter for people who had initially been evicted from informal settlements in Honeydew, Sevenfontein and Alexandra.

The first residents were 200 families evicted from Sevenfontein who settled in what is today known as
Diepsloot extension 1. They were followed by other evictees from Honeydew who had been ‘adopted’ by the Rhema ministries. The people who came from the Rhema church and those from Sevenfontein were integrated with the original workers of the farms in the area who lived around the Tanganani area. People were shown a stand on which to construct their own shacks.

There were no toilets (only bucket toilets existed) on the stands. By 1996, Diepsloot was still a reception area with temporary settlements in Diepsloot West in what was then mostly a privately owned farm. Since then, Diepsloot has expanded to a total of 13 extensions.

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