Unemployment, dry taps, lack of housing, order of the day in Matsulu

By: James Masango MP DA Chairperson: Mpumalanga Twenty one years since the dawn of democracy, slightly over 225 RDP houses have been built in Matsulu Township outside Mbombela. In their own recent Integrated Development Plan statistics, the Mbombela local municipality mentioned that they are experiencing an estimated housing backlog of 39 482 units in the municipality alone. In Matsulu, only 225 houses since 2007 were built, with 82 of those, illegally occupied. Some resident claimed that the contractor allegedly told them that “in order to qualify for an RDP house, they had to deposit R2 479 into a certain bank account. In a public meeting between the community and Democratic Alliance leader James Masango today (Saturday), it came to light that there are serious challenges of un-employment, water provision, and a lack of housing in Matsulu. According to Statistics South Africa, Matsulu has an indigent rate of 62%, which means that nearly two thirds of the population of this area are living below the poverty line. The community also raised concerns of only receiving running water for two hours a day, this has been the situation since 2008, majority of the 12 100 households in the township still depend on water tankers for clean drinking water. According to the 2011 STATS SA, in many instances, those residents who are lucky enough to get tap-water – are too poor to pay. Even with the first 6kilo-litres of water being free, many-households water bills in Matsulu are still very high, with an average monthly bills of water and sanitation at over R90, excluding areas. Unemployed young people say they have to rely on their grandparents grant to survive, because there are no job opportunities. Masango has called on the youth to support the DA’s call for the Youth Wage Subsidy that could bring some relief to young people. Before the community meeting, Masango conducted a walk about through the community visiting these RDP houses, the Fire Station that is under construction, and the Steel Tank water reservoir that Premier David Mabuza in his state of the province address said was complete. Masango found that most of the RDP houses are falling apart and the water reservoir is incomplete. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################