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Our children are dying to become men

Sanele Magaqa

Serious interventions are needed to stop the deaths of our children when they embark on their traditional rites of passage into adulthood. A response to an oral question from the DA CoGTA MEC, Xolile Nqatha, revealed that we have lost 11 more lives this winter during the initiation season. Six deaths were recorded from the Mhlontlo Local Municipality, two from KSD Local Municipality, two from Ingquza Local Municipality and one …


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New technologies needed to deal with inhumane EC housing backlog

Sanele Magaqa

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements needs to embrace new technologies if it wishes to tackle the inhumane housing backlog affecting this province. The Democratic Alliance will be lobbying the Department to accept new technologies, increase funding and further identify projects that can be implemented using new innovative ways of building houses. Tens of thousands of households in the province are still living in inadequate, informal structures, with no …


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Another year of missed targets: Human Settlements denies residents housing

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements will once again not meet its delivery targets for the 2021/2022 financial year. This is despite the undertaking made by the Premier in his State of the Province address in 2021 that all performance-related challenges faced by the Department will be addressed. In a desperate attempt to save face, the Department made a last-ditch attempt to find housing beneficiaries by publishing a five-page …


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RDP housing: Delays and rectifications draining Human Settlements coffers dry

Sanele Magaqa

Project delays and the need to fix the shoddy workmanship of careless cadre contractors are placing a huge strain on the dwindling financial reserves of the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements. The Department should be instigating legal action against non-performing contractors so that they pay back the money. These contractors are stealing the roofs from over the heads of homeless people. Instead, despite shocking deliverables, the Human Settlements Department …


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ANC only pays lip service to transparency, accountability

Sanele Magaqa

The ANC has once again proven that, when it comes to transparency and accountability, they might talk a good game but when it comes to taking action, they will close ranks and avoid accountability at all costs! Yesterday, I tabled a motion without notice, calling on the Premier to release a report relating to the plundering of hundreds of millions of rands worth of funds paid over to the Eastern …


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Stalled projects depriving beneficiaries of decent housing

Sanele Magaqa

Stalled housing developments across the province are depriving beneficiaries of decent housing. Many beneficiaries have been forced to live in shacks, while the half-built structures promised to them get vandalised, their dreams of a better life stripped away, brick by brick. I am challenging the Human Settlements MEC, Nonceba Kontsiwe, to conduct a full audit of stalled projects across the project, so that interventions can be made. The Democratic Alliance …


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New Human Settlements MEC has work cut out for her

Sanele Magaqa

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the removal of former Human Settlements MEC, Nonkqubela Pieters, by Premier Oscar Mabuyane, but serious questions need to be asked why she has been given control of another Department. Pieters leaves behind a Department, which, by the Premier’s own admission, has suffered greatly under her stewardship. This is why the DA called for Pieters to be removed in the first place. While we welcome MEC Nonceba …


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S Magaqa Speech Notes: Debate on the 2021 State of the Province Address

Sanele Magaqa

Hon Speaker Hon Premier and Members of the House This debate takes place at the time when the province is facing many challenges in the provision of decent housing and integrated human settlements for all. This debate also takes place amidst challenges of a shrinking budget dedicated in the provision of decent housing. Madam Speaker, when it comes to building houses, it is well known that you need to a …


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No action taken or budget available to address asbestos roofing in Eastern Cape

Sanele Magaqa

The Eastern Cape has at least 5 463 RDP houses that still have asbestos roofing, despite the Department of Human Settlements having had 26 years to remove it, as all these houses were built prior to 1994. Despite the known health risks that the asbestos in these structures pose to our communities, including severe respiratory diseases and cancer, the Department of Human Settlements has failed to put a plan in …


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Urgent investigation into procurement of temporary structures needed

Sanele Magaqa

The Democratic Alliance is calling for an urgent investigation into the procurement of temporary structures by the Department of Human Settlements in the Eastern Cape. These temporary structures were procured through deviation and without a competitive bidding process This was revealed in a response to a parliamentary question from the DA to MEC of Human Settlements, Nonkqubela Pieters. In the response MEC Pieters said 15 suppliers had been appointed through …


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