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Florida Heights Housing Project raises red flags

Sanele Magaqa

The Florida Heights Housing Project in Nelson Mandela Bay raises a number of red flags, and the Democratic Alliance will be keeping a close watch on the development. The November 25th letter from former Mayor Mongameli Bobani which was sent to the developer, William Charles of Sakhisizwe Renewable Energy, committed the municipality to immediately pay R36,4 million of the R100 million set aside for the project. The letter states: “The …


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CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO HOUSING PROJECTS AROUND CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Sanele Magaqa

Integrated Human Settlements a cornerstone for provision of decent housing Honorable Speaker The Premier and Members of the Executive Leaders of Political Parties Members of the House Traditional leaders present and the entire members of the community in Chris Hani District Municipality. We are here to consider the report of the Portfolio Committee for Human Settlements based on the visit of the committee to Enoch Mgijima and surrounding areas. We …


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SPEECH NOTES: CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO MUNICIPALITIES AROUND CHRIS HANI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Sanele Magaqa

Enoch Mgijima is in distress and is collapsing under the pressure of maladministration Service Delivery is has deteriorated in this municipality. Maladministration has resulted in the municipality being in complete financial and governance distress. Enoch Mgijima Municipality must be dissolved. Honourable speaker, honourable premier, honourable members and guests, good afternoon. Honourable speaker, lets start with the most urgent problem that is faced by this municipality as we speak. Every person …


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SPEECH NOTES: CONSIDERATION OF REPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION ON OVERSIGHT VISITS TO SCHOOLS AROUND CHRIS DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

Sanele Magaqa

Honourable Speaker, members of the executive, members of this house, delegates, officials, members of the public, I humbly greet you. One of the key roles of a legislature is that of oversight. In the oversight model of the South African Legislative Sector, and I quote “it is necessary to identify the key elements of legislative oversight, that is, the evaluation of the efficacy of Public Service programmes and the appropriateness …


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Grave error to cost Nelson Mandela Bay R24-million, for starters

Sanele Magaqa

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will have to fork out R24-million from its Urban Settlement Development Grant (USDG) for the re-planning of Soweto on Sea. This follows the shocking revelation that some houses in the area were built on top of burial sites and that the houses built are of appalling quality. The MEC for Human Settlements, Nonkqubela Pieters, has said in a parliamentary response that once the re-planning has …


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Question papers: First session 6th Legislature

Click on the appropriate link below to download the official question papers submitted to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature during the first session of the 6th legislature. IQP 1 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 2 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 3 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 4 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 5 Written 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP 6 ORAL 1st Session 6th Legislature IQP …


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Another toilets in the veld scandal

ANC toilets a monument to failed service delivery Along the outskirts of Ward 7, in Great Kei Municipality, more than 500 toilets scatter the area, a prevailing symbol of the ANC’s failed service delivery. This is another toilets in the veld scandal, just like the R12-million spent on 1,140 toilets in the veld outside Komga, and the R630-million Siyenza toilet scandal. Everyone seems to be benefitting from toilet contracts, except …


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Speech Notes: Human Settlements Annual Report and Financial Oversight Debate

Sanele Magaqa

1. The current budget expenditure has failed to address housing related protests across this burning province. 2. The department has under-performed in issuing of title deeds for the last five consecutive years. Honourable Speaker, Inkulumbuso ye Phondo, Amalungu asigqeba Sakhe, Inkokheli zemibutho yonke yezo politico ekhoyo, amalungu alendlu yowiso mthetho, amagosa ka rhulumente, kunye namandwendwe ndiyabulisa. Hon Speaker, the report in front of us is one of many reports I …


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Qunu City project scrapped after millions spent on consultants

Sanele Magaqa

The dream that the peaceful village of Qunu, the home of Nelson Mandela, would be developed into a state-of-the-art city, has been scrapped, five years after the initiation of the project that has cost the tax payers tens of millions, with nothing to show for it. This is money that could have been spent on addressing the massive housing backlog and building houses for the poor! Initiated in 2012 by …


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Illegal occupation of RDP houses in BCM a ticking time bomb

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements needs to come clean and state clearly what investigation, if any, will be conducted into the alleged illegal occupation of 116 houses by residents in Vergenoeg, East London. A parliamentary response from the MEC for Human Settlements, Mlungisi Mvoko, reveals that no formal investigations have taken place to verify whether the correct beneficiaries have occupied the houses.  To view the response, please click here: Response …


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