MEC Scott expresses her concerns over unserviced areas

2018-10-10 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedMEC Belinda Scott engaging with residents.

PHOTO: suppliedMEC Belinda Scott engaging with residents.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Finance, Belinda Scott, who is also the uMgungundlovu District Political Champion, has warned that taking government services only to affluent areas and leaving out areas like Jika Joe in Msunduzi Municipality behind was a cause for concern.

While pledging a decisive government intervention, Scott expressed her concerns to local councillor Nkululeko Mkhize during a community engagement in Sobantu where she addressed residents from ward 33 and 35.

Scott’s visit to Sobantu and Jika Joe, downtown Pietermaritzburg, formed part of the cabinet operation, Sukuma Sakhe programme, last Wednesday.

Among the five areas under ward 33, Jika Joe — which is mostly made up of informal settlements — is the poorest and least serviced.

“Councillor, you must not prioritise only those areas that are affluent,” said Scott.

The MEC expressed her disappointment with the lack of services that continue to beset Jika Joe, which has endemic challenges including social ills, litter, non-removal of refuse, lack of water and electric supply, educational and health facilities.

The MEC said she did not want to come to Jika Joe again and be confronted with the same situation. She said she was now taking the issue to a higher level.

“We need to develop this area and it’s urgent. I am looking at forming a high-level task team comprising of health, education, social development municipality and Home Affairs. There’s a huge problem here and we really need to improve the quality of life,” she said.

Scott was worried about housing issues as well, especially foreign nationals who could not get on the housing list. She was also expressed concern about young mothers who come from rural areas and resort to prostitution in order to feed their children.

“If they go to school they will go hungry,” she said.

Scott was, however, proud of the many successes of Operation Sukuma Sakhe which has seen many war-rooms stabilised in the district and functioning at an optimal level.

UMgungundlovu District has seen various MEC’s, the premier and heads of departments rolling up their sleeves to clean dirty streets and illegal dump sites in the townships, inspecting communal gardens, and checking progress on various infrastructure work that is under way in many of the communities visited. — Supplied.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.