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Stalled projects depriving beneficiaries of decent housing

May 7th, 2021
Sanele Magaqa

Stalled housing developments across the province are depriving beneficiaries of decent housing. Many beneficiaries have been forced to live in shacks, while the half-built structures promised to them get vandalised, their dreams of a better life stripped away, brick by brick. I am challenging the Human Settlements MEC, Nonceba Kontsiwe, to conduct a full audit of stalled projects across the project, so that interventions can be made. The Democratic Alliance …


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New Human Settlements MEC has work cut out for her

March 10th, 2021
Sanele Magaqa

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the removal of former Human Settlements MEC, Nonkqubela Pieters, by Premier Oscar Mabuyane, but serious questions need to be asked why she has been given control of another Department. Pieters leaves behind a Department, which, by the Premier’s own admission, has suffered greatly under her stewardship. This is why the DA called for Pieters to be removed in the first place. While we welcome MEC Nonceba …


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No action taken or budget available to address asbestos roofing in Eastern Cape

December 18th, 2020
Sanele Magaqa

The Eastern Cape has at least 5 463 RDP houses that still have asbestos roofing, despite the Department of Human Settlements having had 26 years to remove it, as all these houses were built prior to 1994. Despite the known health risks that the asbestos in these structures pose to our communities, including severe respiratory diseases and cancer, the Department of Human Settlements has failed to put a plan in …


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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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