Human settlements department reallocates Kameeldrift housing funds

By Adriana Randall MPL, DA Gauteng Constituency Head – Taemane:

In a recent written response Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo revealed that R10 million earmarked to relocate potential Kameeldrift beneficiaries in Tshwane was re-allocated to other projects.

According to the MEC, the R10 million would only make provision for 483 stands, despite a departmental study calling for 1050 stands.

Last week community members took to the streets to protest over the continuous delays of the township’s development, which started in 2007.

The Kameeldrift project needs be prioritised especially since pre-planning has already taken place and initial funding for the development has already been spent.

To hold it off simply due to a shortage and reallocation of funds may only result in further dissatisfaction.

Gauteng’s population is rapidly expanding, and government needs to be more proactive to meet peoples’ needs.

At the very least, the department could have completed the project in phases, giving residents some form of relief.

The Constitution clearly states that everyone has a right to have adequate housing, and the state must efficiently use its available resources to realise that right.

The DA will therefore submit written questions to MEC Mamabolo ask what steps the department will take to meet beneficiaries’ needs, as well as for timelines and deadlines for the project’s completion.