Alexandra renewal project disappointing - survey

2012-06-20 18:54
A woman washes clothes in a street of the Alexandra township. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

A woman washes clothes in a street of the Alexandra township. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The majority of residents in Alexandra, Johannesburg, are disappointed by a project to renew the township, the DA claimed on Wednesday.

Democratic Alliance Gauteng MPL Mike Moriarty said a "door-to-door survey" conducted by the party "activists" found that 91% of residents believed the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP) did not help them in any way.

"The ARP is clearly not meeting the needs of Alexandra residents, partly because of corruption and mismanagement. It needs to be reassessed concerning what can best be done to uplift the lives of people in Alexandra, who see themselves as a forgotten community," he said in a statement.

"The DA will push for day-to-day services to improve radically, and for job creation that will allow people to uplift themselves, rather than be dependent forever."

More than 350 residents were interviewed for the survey.

It concluded that 22% felt that Alexandra specifically needed service delivery, while 21% wanted houses, and 19% improved education.

R1.3bn for the project

In terms of personal needs, 84% said housing, followed by an 8% call for jobs.

Only 7% said the ARP had helped them.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Gabu Tugwana said he could not comment on the survey because the city was not lobbying for the project.

"This is outside the scope of the city's administration. If the DA has something to say about Alexandra, they will probably say it in [an] open council [meeting]," he said.

"The ANC would be better equipped to comment on the matter."

Gauteng ANC spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli said the party could not comment on the project, as it was a municipal issue.

"This is for the City of Joburg to comment on."

The ARP was launched in 2001 with the intention of making significant improvements to the living conditions of Alexandra.

Government initially allocated R1.3bn towards the project.
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