National Assembly, 19th April 2011
2014 is the target date scheduled by the Department of Human
Settlements for the eradication of the still existing 2700 informal
settlements in our country. The IFP would like the Minister to
advise this house if this deadline is still going to be met by the
Department as we note that there is no allocation in the budget for
the formalization of informal settlements.
Hostels, such as the ones situate in Thokoza, Alexandria, Benoni as
well as Imbali in Pietermaritzburg are very badly run down and in
desperate need of maintenance and upgrading. No budget is allocated
for this? Why not? Recent service delivery protests which have
been happening around the country all started because of poor
service delivery in the area of Human Settlements. Bulk
Infrastructure must be made available before any natural catastrophe
occurs like a South African Tsunami.
The backyard dwellers are another group that is being neglected by
Human Settlements and we would like to see some directives from the
Department as to how we are to go about re-settling these people or
at least a directive on how to supply the backyard dwellers with
basic services such as electricity, water and sewage.
The RDP housing scheme is plagued by poor building practices which
are largely due to fraud and corruption within the department in
relation to the associated tender process involved with RDP housing
schemes. Rectification because of inferior workmanship has resulted
in extra costs of many billions of Rands and should be wholly
unnecessary. KULESIXAKAXA SESINYIKINYIKI SOKUCITHEKA KWEZIMALI
Mr Minister how many additional RDP houses could we have built with
the 330 million rand we have wasted on rectification in the last
year alone? We suggest the Minister be called the Minister of
Rectification and this department be renamed the Department of
Tenders are awarded to contractors that are unable to perform the
work required of them because of their Departmental ties, being
friends or family of officials. We look forward to the development
of 500 new low cost homes in uMsinga and hope that this construction
will herald a change in the way things are done by the Department.
SETHEMBA UKUTHI AKUZUKUBA UKUKHOHLISWA OSEKWAPHILWA NJE NGAKHO
Illegal occupation of RDP houses is another example of the failure
of the Department eg Edenpark and Diepsloot. Allocation of houses is
determined upon the basis of who you know within the department and
how much you can pay as bribe money. The IFP urges the minister to
implement effective oversight controls over the allocation of RDP
houses and deal resolutely with any officials found guilty of
Comparing the 2010 and 2011 budget allocations we note a significant
decrease in the budget for Housing planning and delivery support as
well as strategic relations and governance. Mr Minister can you
advise this house as to why you are still paying bonuses to those
managers and officials who continue to fail at their performance
NGATHUKA KAKHULU UKUZWA KUMEDIA UKUTHI, KUNIKEZWE ABANYE OMASIPALA
AMANDLA OKWAKHA IZINDLU THINA ESINAWE LA UNGASITSHE NANGA
LUTHO.UBUCU ABUHLE OBUHAMBA NGABULILI
Municipalities that are accredited by the Department without first
checking their capacities to provide service delivery to communities
must be addressed. Does the Minister have any monitoring mechanisms
in place in respect of these municipalities?
Currently the Department has a combined provincial backlog of over 2
million houses that need to be built. How does the Department intend
dealing with this backlog?
One last question Mr Minister, in 2009 you ran a big media and
public relations campaign in which you apparently spent the night at
an informal residence at the Diepsloot informal settlement. Did you
in fact, Mr Minister, spend the entire night at Diepsloot ? Kindly
answer this house.
The IFP supports the budget VOTE.
I thank you.
Hon KP Sithole