During the 2015 SOPA debate, Human Settlements MEC, Jacob Mamabolo failed to explain why the 700 000 housing backlog has not yet been dealt with.
As it stands the current the Human Settlements Department’s capacity is 30 000 houses a year.
At this rate the department will take 23 years to deal with the current backlog.
The MEC’s inability to respond to the when the backlog will be dealt with is startling – given Premier David Makhura’s promise of building five new megacities.
Such cities are usually characterised by growing infrastructure which equates to increased communities. Failure to address the human settlements backlog will see a domino effect of failed development of the Gauteng City Region.
The repeated failures by the Human settlements department to achieve its own grand goals will not go unnoticed. Gone are the days where the electorate will be hoodwinked by the ANC’s empty promises and it will face the voters’ wrath at the 2016 polls.
Mervyn Cirota MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Human Settlements
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