IFP not impressed by Human Settlements

Unkempt lavatory conditions can lead to sickness.

A blocked drain resulting in a constant flow of water gushing onto the street.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has expressed their dismay after seeing the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements’ annual report revealed last week where all departmental reports were being debated.

They released a statement stating how the department consistently fails to deliver its objectives and it is starting to become an issue.

IFP Gauteng Caucus leader, Bonginkosi Dhlamini said, “This year, as with the previous years, most of the targets remain unmet while the budget also remains underspent.

“Out of 31 300 housing units that were supposed to be completed in the province, only 16 000 was achieved. Out of 4327 planned completed houses for the upgrading of informal settlements, the department managed to complete 2196.

“There are many more such illustrations that could be cited but what is paramount is to highlight the need to change the way things have been done in the past because those strategies are failing.”

Dhlamini said that the province has been split by the department into the haves and the have-nots.

Particular reference was made towards the state of the hostel namely Jeppe Men’s hostel which has not been maintained as promised in the departments’ reports for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017.

The political party had made a site visit and witnessed otherwise. According to the party, there has been a water leakage that has been going on for more than a year.

Dhlamini said, “One can only imagine the countless amount of departments’ lost in this hostel which the department claims to maintain.

“Compounded by the water leaks are filthy toilets with water literally flooding the toilet floor, broken showers and broken windows.”

There are some rooms that have no electricity. IFP asked the department to change their way of doing things so that capable service providers are appointed in time to avoid delays in the delivery of houses.

The crux of his argument was that these living conditions were opening up more chances of disease to dwellers and were the departments duty to ensure that all humans of Gauteng are provided with habitable, healthy, safe, just and sustainable shelter.

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