DA Shadow MEC for Local Government and for Human Settlements, Dacre Haddon, has taken up the plight of the communities of the Zolani- and Phapamani informal settlements in Grahamstown.
These settlements are plagued by political infighting, lack of toilets and poor housing delivery.
“I wrote to the Head of Department for Human Settlements in the province, Gaster Sharpley, regarding the matter but It would appear that the plight of these communities is being ignored,” Haddon said.
“I visited Zolani and Phapamani in order to interact with the affected communities and to investigate how the DA can intervene to get the provincial department to assist with the immediate installation of toilets and a future housing development for the area.
“This community has been petitioning with the municipality for years and have now taken to service delivery protests.
“The first and most urgent need is the provision of toilet facilities for these two areas. A significant health risk exists, now exacerbated by the very high water table with regular flooding. The complete inertia of the Makana Council makes it likely that little will be done by the local authority to make any meaningful progress.
“I have written to MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August, to intervene and ascertain what provision will be given to assist this community in the budget of 2012/13,” Haddon said.