Broken promises haunt informal settlers in Mogale City

By Alan Fuchs MPL, DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Mogale City:

In May 2013, at the State of the City address in Mogale City, Mayor Calvin Seerane indicated that about 25% of Mogale City’s residents lived in informal settlements.

Based on an estimated population of 362 000 people living in Mogale City at the time, the number of people living in informal settlements equated to 90 000.

The Mayor went on to say that the council had completed an informal settlement register which indicated the number of shacks and inhabitants in informal settlements.

This register indicated that there were only 40 000 people living in informal settlements. The large discrepancy between these numbers needs to be explained by the Mayor.

Mayor Seerane went on to say that via the site and service program, the municipality will provide basic infrastructure like electricity, roads, water and sanitation and allocate sites to deserving families who will in turn build temporary shelter for themselves whilst waiting for construction of houses by the provincial government.

The Mayor also said that through this program “…places like Tudor Shaft, Soul City, Makhulugama and others will cease to exist by the end of this political term (2016)… we have already identified land in Kagiso Extension 13 to deal progressively with the housing needs of the Tudor Shaft/Soul City community”.

Based on questions I asked in the Gauteng Legislature, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Jacob Mamabolo, indicated that of the 112 informal settlements identified on the 2013/14 Informal Settlements Upgrading Plan, only 1 project has commenced.

It was also indicated that the relocation of Tudor Shaft & Soul City would not be complete before the 2019/2020 financial year.

Thousands of informal settlers have once again been relegated to a life of misery and hardship, without electricity, clean water and dignified sanitation, because politicians in the council have been sitting on their hands and sleeping on the job.

This is a perfect example of people being manipulated by broken promises.

Surely a time will come when these people will say that enough is enough and vote for a different political party.

The DA looks forward to that time, as we will show residents that they will not be taken for granted where we govern – that we will provide a dignified life for all.