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EC Department of Human Settlements fails to meet housing targets

According to the Department of Human Settlements, less people in the province will receive housing. The planned target for the 2018/19 financial year is at 8567 units in contrast to the 12 453 units that were constructed in the 2017/18 year. The immense  reduction in the amount of housing units will pose a challenge in resolving the current provincial housing backlog which currently sits at over 600 000 units. This is bound …


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Concrete slabs where houses should be for Ndevana housing project

After three years, there are little more than concrete slabs scattered across the veld where the 1 711 houses should be in Ndevana outside King William’s Town. The project is due for completion at the end of this month. We share in this community’s disappointment and level of mismanagement shown by the Department of Human Settlements. The DA believes that it is important to use a single national housing list so …


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Question papers: Fifth session 2018/2019

IQP 1 ORAL IQP 2 fifth session IQP 3 fifth session IQP 4 fifth session IQP 5 fifth session IQP 6 fifth session IQP 7 ORAL IQP 8 fifth session IQP 9 fifth session IQP 10 fifth session IQP 12 ORAL IQP 13 fifth session IQP 14 fifth session IQP 15 fifth session IQP 16 fifth session IQP 17 ORAL IQP 18 fifth session IQP 19 fifth session IQP 20 …


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Speech notes by Sanele Magaqa MPL: Debate on the State of the Province Address: 28 February 2018

Honourable Speaker, six years ago the South African government adopted a blueprint for development, the NDP. The strategic goals as informed by the plan in Chapter 8, deals with integrated human settlement strategies, goals and time frames in forging a way forward to improve the lives of our people in this province. The pace and manner in which we commit ourselves to the realisation of Chapter 8 of the NDP …


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Callous cut to rectification budget will leave thousands waiting in vain for dignified housing

A response to a legislature question by the MEC of Human Settlements, Helen Sauls-August,  confirms that due to funding constraints and a 2016 national directive on rectification, the prospect is slim for many RDP housing beneficiaries to ever have a dignified home. I visited the small town of Bedford in the Amathole District Municipality in December, where I met Mrs Mavis Bambiso, a widow from the area.  She now lives …


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Another abandoned housing project leaves beneficiaries without homes

Another housing project, this time in Alicedale in the Makana Municipality, has been abandoned after the contractor claimed that he had not been paid by the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements. Unlike the ANC’s failed projects the DA is committed to the speedy rollout of housing in the Eastern Cape. We will not abandon the people. When I visited the town two weeks ago, I was shocked to find …


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DA meets traditional leaders: Daily Dispatch

DA PROVINCIAL bosses, in an effort to garner support in areas presided over by traditional leaders and forge relations with royals ahead of the 2019 general election, met with leaders of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) in Mthatha yesterday. Party provincial leader Nqaba Bhanga, Bhisho Legislature leader Bobby Stevenson, MPLs Sanele Magaqa, Nosimo Balindlela and their provincial spokesman Mlindi Nhanha met the newly-elected ECHTL executive committee led …


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Residents’ struggle for RDP homes: Daily Dispatch

DA delegation vow to resolve Unit P issues FRUSTRATED residents in a Buffalo City Metro township yesterday complained to DA parliamentarians of their years-long struggle to acquire RDP houses. Picture: BHONGO JACOB TALK TIME: DA MPL in the Bhisho legislature Sanele Magaqa speaks to Unit P residents Unit P residents also told of how they had to “buy” the free government houses and how the houses had been illegally occupied. The …


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DA to inspect housing conditions in Buffalo City

Today, 27 November 2017, DA Shadow Minister of Human Settlements, Solly Malatsi MP and DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Mbulelo Bara MP, joined by DA Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Human Settlements, Sanele Magaqa MPL, will assess the housing conditions in the Buffalo City region. It is a serious indictment on the Department of Human Settlements and the entire ANC government that the Eastern Cape faces a huge …


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DA questions appointment of Alfred Nzo District Municipality Municipal Manager

The MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, must ensure that the best possible candidate is appointed as Municipal Manager of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality.  Last year the municipality was named the country’s worst area to live in, according to the South African Institute of Race Relation’s deprivation and comfort index.  Alfred Nzo was also among the ten worst when it came to irregular expenditure, according to …


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