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

August 29th, 2019
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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Another toilets in the veld scandal

February 1st, 2019

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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Qunu City project scrapped after millions spent on consultants

November 9th, 2018
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

October 25th, 2018

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

October 11th, 2018

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

September 4th, 2018

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

May 31st, 2018

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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Concrete slabs where houses should be for Ndevana housing project

March 14th, 2018

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

February 22nd, 2018

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

December 14th, 2017

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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