There is a housing crisis in the province of monumental proportion, with a backlog totalling 797 932 units and an unknown number of houses needing rectification. In response to a written question by the Democratic Alliance to the MEC for Human Settlements, Nombulelo Mabandla, the following information came to light:
Vehicle accidents cost the taxpayer and the province an estimated R1, 5 billion in 2008/09. The DA believes a large chunk of these costs could be avoided in future if the law is effectively enforced by the traffic authorities. The amount of R1,5 billion is a conservative estimate, based on 2 626 accidents reported in the province during the 2008/09 financial year.
The serious health risk at the Rosedale squatter camp in Uitenhage is a ticking time bomb. Yet the plight of the people living there seems to be of little concern to the Nelson Mandela Metro Municipality. Whilst it is a fact that Erf 1 in Acacia Road in Rosedale was illegally invaded in the early part of 2007, the Metro chose to place a moratorium on evicting the squatters, until …
One must ask serious questions as to how the ANC led government hopes to look after the health of a whole nation when its provincial government cannot even help a seventh of the HIV-infected people in the Eastern Cape. This lack of commitment poses serious implications for the future prosperity of this province. As we celebrate Womenâ€™s Day today (subs: Sun: 9 Aug) we must not forget that hundreds of …