In an open opportunity society for all, every citizen should have the chance to enjoy the benefits of living in their own home. The current deplorable state of housing projects in BCM leaves a lot to be desired and this is the result of the appointment of inexperienced contractors with poor workmanship (subs – Daily Dispatch: 25/10/16).
Millions of rands have been wasted when houses are vandalised and illegally occupied due to the municipality’s failure to notify the beneficiaries that their houses are ready to be occupied.
The illegal occupation of these houses in Unit –P is the result of a lack of leadership and proper planning from Buffalo City’s Department of Human Settlements. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been advocating for the publication of the beneficiary list in order to stop people from illegally occupying and vandalising these houses but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears in the past.
The Department of Human Settlements has now undertaken the costly process of reconstructing a number of RDP houses that were inefficiently built by construction companies. This is wasteful expenditure and could have been avoided had proper processes been followed. Buffalo City Municipality must hold the Department of Human Settlements to account for shoddy RDP housing contractors!
The DA’s housing policy has been found to be effective and results driven for a number of years in the Western Cape and in DA-run municipalities. It aims to address the need for adequate living quarters by creating jobs and empowering community members with the tools, knowledge and resources they need to be a part of constructing their own houses with the assistance of the state.
The Eastern Cape Housing Department must put plans in place to ensure that suitable contractors are hired in future and that the appropriate beneficiaries of houses are timeously notified once their homes are ready. — Sanele Magaqa MPL, Shadow MEC for Human Settlements