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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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Presentation of Report of Portfolio Committee on on Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Sanele Magaqa

Good afternoon Honourable Premier, MECs, Members of the Provincial Legislature and most importantly esteemed community members. It is indeed a great honour to be able to address you all today in this most beautiful part of our Province. The Mbashe Municipality is home to our former State President, Thabo Mbeki, and to some of the most breathtaking landscapes known to man. The natural beauty of this area, combined with the …


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Presentation of Report of Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements

Sanele Magaqa

Taking legislature to the People Elliotdale, Amathole District Municipality 17 October 2018 Honourable speaker The Premier of the province Leaders of political parties Members of the house Traditional and all community members Honourable Speaker every title deed delayed, is dignity denied Perhaps it is important to kick-off our debate on the visit by several committees in this region by first tracing the origins of the mandate that the Department of …


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Failing ANC’s Title Deeds Restoration Project neglects elderly and disabled

A recent response received from the MEC for Human Settlements, Mlungisi Mvoko, reveals that over R1 billion has been spent on the Title Deeds Restoration Project over the 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years yet not a single title deed was handed over to elderly beneficiaries during the 2017/18 and the 2018/19 financial years. To view the response, please click here: Response Disabled beneficiaries have not received title deeds over …


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Vacant houses being illegally occupied, vandalised while department shifts the blame

Throughout the Eastern Cape, beneficiaries have been forced to stand by and watch as houses that they have been waiting decades for stand empty and are vandalised, while the Department shifts the blame. In response to a parliamentary question, Human Settlements MEC, Mulungisi Mvoko, has stated that the Department refuses to spend money on repairing any houses that have been vandalised due to non-occupation. Instead, Mvoko insists that it is …


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Department of Human Settlements issued only 606 title deeds to housing beneficiaries in 2017/18

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements only managed to issue 606 title deeds to housing beneficiaries in the 2017/18 financial year. The DA believes that land reform should also include urban land, by ensuring that beneficiaries of state-subsidised housing projects receive their title deeds quickly and efficiently. In a reply to a legislature question I asked the former MEC for Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August, stated that the department had …


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MEC must clarify Breidbach housing tender to company with sequestrated directors

Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August must clarify why a housing project for Breidbach was awarded to a company whose directors had been placed under sequestration. On Thursday, it was reported in the media that the department had acquired 163 sites from the Buffalo City Metro on which to build RDP houses in Breidbach. Does this form part of the deal with DCI Holdings? This community, just outside King William’s Town, …


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