MEC promises delivery

2018-05-15 06:01
Residents of the Egoli informal settlement took to the streets for a peaceful protest on Human Rights Day this year. PHOTO: aishah cassiem

Residents of the Egoli informal settlement took to the streets for a peaceful protest on Human Rights Day this year. PHOTO: aishah cassiem

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Bonginkosi Madikizela, the provincial minister for human settlements in the Western Cape, visited Egoli informal settlement in Schaapkraal on Friday morning.

The visit comes after residents of Siqalo informal settlement, just metres away from Egoli, received a response for houses less than three days after a violent protest earlier this month (“Calm after unrest”, People’s Post, 8 May).

Siqalo is a six-year-old camp located on private land that was invaded by its residents in 2012.

Meanwhile, residents of Egoli have also been battling for better services for more than 20 years and have not yet received a positive response from local government, despite numerous enquiries and a peaceful protest on Human Rights Day (“Demands listed”, People’s Post, 24 March).

Madikizela told People’s Post he is happy to have received the heads up on the Egoli community and vowed to serve them with the same promises of houses and better service delivery as those given to Siqalo.

The MEC and his team met the representatives of the camp at the subcouncil 18 offices on the corner of Buck Road and 6th Avenue in Lotus River, as promised.

Ward 43 councillor Elton Jansen took part in the discussion. Jansen says he has also met with City of Cape Town officials to discuss a way forward for Egoli.

“A request was made for a portion of land which I have escalated to councillors Xanthea Limberg and Eddie Andrews, as a possible site to be relocated where services can be rendered. We should have a response to that proposal soon,” he explains.

Jansen says he does not have authority to promise people houses. and denies promising Siqalo residents houses or inclusion in the Southern Corridor Project.

“Madikizela made the proposal in his capacity as Western Cape MEC of human settlements. Only qualifying candidates will in any case be included, and nobody will jump the queue.

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