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Urgent investigation into procurement of temporary structures needed

September 11th, 2020
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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Millions wasted on rectification of houses already built

August 19th, 2020
Sanele Magaqa

The Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements is spending millions on fixing sub-standard houses built by contractors that clearly should not be doing business with the State. In his state of the province address at the beginning of the year, Premier Oscar Mabuyane made it clear that the Department should not be paying contractors to fix newly built houses. This message does not seem to have been received by the …


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Florida Heights Housing Project raises red flags

December 9th, 2019
Sanele Magaqa

The Florida Heights Housing Project in Nelson Mandela Bay raises a number of red flags, and the Democratic Alliance will be keeping a close watch on the development. The November 25th letter from former Mayor Mongameli Bobani which was sent to the developer, William Charles of Sakhisizwe Renewable Energy, committed the municipality to immediately pay R36,4 million of the R100 million set aside for the project. The letter states: “The …


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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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