MTHATHA — THE REALITY

THE article Mthatha facelift under way (DD, April 21) refers. While any work to enhance the appearance of Mthatha is applauded, the practical realities of President Jacob Zuma’s R5billion call to save the city must be questioned, specifically regarding funding.

In a reply to a parliamentary question by me, Local Government MEC Sicelo Gqobana revealed that, according to the Comprehensive Infrastructure Plan done for the municipality, a total of R3.208bn would be required for infrastructure backlogs in the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality, of which Mthatha is part.  Read the full letter in the Daily Dispatch.