Housing development on point

2017-11-23 06:00
City’ s opposition leader Xolani Sotashe, deputy minister in human settlement Zoe Kota-Fredericks and City mini mayor for Khayelitsha Anda Ntsodo. PHOTOS: Mandla Mahashe

City’ s opposition leader Xolani Sotashe, deputy minister in human settlement Zoe Kota-Fredericks and City mini mayor for Khayelitsha Anda Ntsodo. PHOTOS: Mandla Mahashe

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The City of Cape Town said it had earmarked funds to provide basic services and sanitation for five informal settlements in Khayelitsha, for the next three years.

This was revealed during a feedback session organised by the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba at the OR Thambo Hall in Khayelitsha on Friday.

Letsatsi-Duba gave her report back via a department official as she could not make it to the event. Deputy Minister of Housing Zoe Kota-Frederick stepped in for her to listen to issues raised by the public.

The department had previously hosted an imbizo in May, where residents raised issues of lack of housing, corruption in allocation of RDP houses as well as crime.

Letsats-Duba said that the City had prioritised informal areas in Khayelitsha and that the elderly and the disabled are encouraged to register for housing opportunities.

“In addressing the allegations of corruption in the allocation of housing, the department, working with the municipality has linked the local housing list to provincial and the national databases to ensure that those who qualify for subsidy are selected and no one skips the queue,” she said.

She also noted that the department of social development has provided a report that indicates that it currently funds about 168 Early Childhood Development Centres in this community and these are run through NGOs.

“Also, centres that are meant for treatment of substance abuse are situated in three different areas within Khayelitsha, including a Matrix Out- Patient Drug Treatment Centre in Khayelitsha Town 2 Community Health Centre,” she said.

In reference to community safety she said that a mobile police station was deployed in Site B and also noted that the Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s Skills Strategy, the Apprenticeship Skills Game Changer, a work placement programme, is designed to afford young people trades and other vocational and technical related skills and thereafter placement opportunities.

She also asked the residents to be active participants in the process of building a prosperous society.

“As government, our work is to pull all strings to ensure that you receive the required service at the required level all the time and we need you to work with us in order to see this through. Help us to service you better, smarter and faster as entrenched in our manifesto and the Service Charter,” .

Kota- Fredericks lambasted the lack of economic opportunities for the residents in their respective wards.

“Every ward has a mandate to facilitate economic development opportunities for their residents. We need this to be more impactful,” she told the crowds.

Nandipha Mphahlane from Site C complained that it was difficult for people to started early child care institutions.

“There is also a big problem of the elderly who are being robbed of their homes by people who buy them right under their noses.

Shack dwellers need proper sanitation because they now relieve them on the N2. We know its wrong but we have no choice,” she said.

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