Budget vote speeches: Human Settlements

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 19 June 2015 by the DA’s Spokespersons for Human Settlements, Mervyn Cirota  MPL and Lebo More MPL, during the 2015/16 Annual Budget Debate on the Department of Human Settlements.

Speech by

Mervyn Cirota MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Human Settlements

“Beat the housing backlog by getting the basics right”

Speech highlights

  • Old problems have not been resolved and new issues continually arise.
  • Gauteng’s housing backlog has now passed 800 000 for the first time.
  • Department can only reduce this shortfall at a rate of 30 000 per year
  • Despite reports that the bucket system has been eradicated, portable chemical toilets are not being cleaned often enough
  • Corrupt practices surrounding housing allocation lists continue unabated
  • So many more people in Gauteng would have had decent houses had this department gotten the basics of planning, overseeing and quality control right.
  • So many more people would have been able to raise capital to start their own businesses, or send their children to university, had this department given them their title deeds after seven years.
  • Gauteng’s people will never be truly freed from the shackles of poverty unless this department listens to their needs and delivers on its mandate.

The full speech can be obtained here

Speech by

Lebo More MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Human Settlements

Consult with communities before planning housing developments

Speech highlights

  • Today, many people still remain in informal settlements, while others dwell in the backyards of friends, and at times, dubious landlords.
  • The budget of the Department of Human Settlements should at all times respond to these points that reflect the will of the people.
  • Many people are still desperately waiting to be given their tittle deeds, and government needs to respond
  • The time has arrived to search for new and innovative housing models and building technologies.
  • The one-approach-fits-all mentality does not work and communities have to be at the centre of consultation and participation.

The full speech can be obtained here