Residents question list

2015-07-08 06:00
DAVID MOLUSI (right), mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, and Alvin Botes, MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), left the residents of Lerato Park doubtful after reading the benefici

DAVID MOLUSI (right), mayor of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, and Alvin Botes, MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), left the residents of Lerato Park doubtful after reading the benefici

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RESIDENTS of Lerato Park should expect the list of the first 100 of the 290 beneficiaries who were called out in public to be amended to accommodate the vulnerable people first.

Young people stand the risk of being removed from that priority list.

The list of beneficiaries for the second phase of the development was made public on Sunday (05/07) by David Molusi, mayor of Sol Plaatje, accompanied by Alvin Botes, MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) as promised.

This came after the residents of Lerato Park had threatened to start protesting, demanding the list being made public and that the residents’ input be allowed.

CoGHSTA announced that only 100 houses would be built for the current financial year.

Residents with orange numbers, whom the MEC referred to as the original owners of Lerato Park, disabled people and the elderly, were announced to be among the next 100 beneficiaries to receive houses.

However, some of the ­orange-number holders complained that they were not on the housing list, while some names having JZ numbers, that were not supposed to be on the list, were called, after the announcement that they were at the bottom of the list.

Residents remained unhappy, as the MEC and the mayor left right after instructing those with questions and queries to queue inside the tent after the meeting.

It was announced that there was no time for bulk questions, as they had to start working on the programmes for housing allocations. The long queue of complainants was simply left inside the tent.

The residents believed calling the list was no solution to the problem, as the selection process was not fair – apparently the list was an old one compiled before 2006. They believed they had been blinded by the list, which was not a solution to their housing challenges

“I do not understand the complications. Everyone is aware that the critical issue here is land,” said Susan Seochoareng, a resident.

“Why not just service the land, put people in the stands, do a head count, and then do the relevant allocations? That way the population of Lerato Park will be determined.”

She explained that there would be no solution to the housing issue, as new people continued to invade the land that had been left open by housing beneficiaries.

Among the residents in the tent was Kaatjie Plaatjies (85), the oldest resident of Lerato Park, who was not included on the beneficiary list. A car had to be hired to get her to the tent and re-register for a house.

Plaatjies and her neighbour Martha Nqgele (37), who has a disabled child, revealed that they were shocked to learn that once more they were not on the housing list, after continuously registering.

“I was among the first to move here in 1999 and found Ouma Plaatjie here,” Nqgele said.

“My shack was even used to register the newcomers.

“So we cannot understand what we are lacking for us to get houses,” she added

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