Heated debate surrounds proposed Wavecrest development

2016-07-21 06:00

POLITICAL ploy . . . hocus pocus . . . or rea-lity?

ANC candidate for Ward 8, Xola Majolo, is set to win residents over by transforming the open field opposite the NG Church Complex in Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay, into a sprawling new low-cost housing development - despite having no ground to stand on.

According to Kouga Municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, it is not part of the municipality’s current planning, as captured in the Integrated Development Plan 2012/2017.

“If the Council were interested in pursuing the development, numerous factors such as demand and bulk service capacity would have to be considered. Several legislated processes, including public consultation, would also need to be followed,” says Randall.

However, Majola is convinced that his proposed plans will materialise. So much so that he has been handing out flyers earlier this week, inviting Ward 8 residents to attend a meeting at the Newton Hall at 16:00 yesterday to find out more about how to apply for a Government Assisted Subsidy Programme.

The Kouga Express was also invited to attend the meeting, just as with the previous meeting.

A similar meeting was scheduled for last Thursday, but Majola failed to attend his own meeting. Only after numerous phone calls from irate Democratic Alliance (DA) Councillors did he show his face at the hall.

A dozen residents led by Willem Gertenbach and another dozen from Pellsrus attended the failed meeting.

Majola, who told the crown he has been a resident for ten years, reacted with racial remarks after being challenged by DA Councillor Nico Botha on why the project was never brought to the local Council for discussion and on who’s authority was he acting and speaking.

He furthermore said that the proposed development is an ANC project for the poor black people of Wavecrest, and no other wards should attend the scheduled meetings.

According to the DA, this project is nothing more than cheap electioneering by the ANC that nobody is going to believe.

According to Majola, if approved, the development will consist of four government-assisted housing subsidy programmes: the Free Basic Housing (FBH) - previously called RDP houses, the Community Residential Unit (CRU), the Social Housing Programme (SHP) and the Finance-Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP).

Only residents with a joint monthly household income of between R0 and R15 000 and are currently living in Wavecrest, will qualify for the proposed housing programme, according to Majola.

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