Free housing not sustainable - Sexwale

2011-09-26 13:03

Cape Town - Free housing for the poor has to have a cut-off date, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said in Cape Town on Monday.

The solution to South Africa's backlog of 2.3 million houses was not in providing free homes, he told the International Housing and Home Warranty Conference.

He added however, that now was not the time to "cut off the poor".

"The solution will come not from free housing. There has to be a cut-off date for discussing that. But we can't cut off the poor right now, particularly in the current national economic environment."

The answer to all housing problems lay in having a growing economy, where people had jobs and could access finance.

"We can't sustain what we are doing for a long time."


Sexwale said South Africa, which had around 2 500 slums, faced added problems from its growing population of immigrants, from countries such as Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

"We have natural population growth as well as growth because people are coming here."

Another difficulty lay in the provision of social housing. South Africans, Sexwale said, preferred standalone houses with their own gardens, but a shortage of land around cities was making that impossible.

"The challenge is to develop social housing and planning for new towns and cities," he said.

"The challenge is for densification. We are having to go higher and higher and higher. The challenge is quite big."

  • Born To Fish - 2011-09-26 13:07

    NO NO! Do not come up with that excuse!! You have promised the people that you as the ANC can do anything! Since when does the ANC care about money! It is something that falls out of the sky, we do not have any taxpayers in this country!

      sganja - 2011-09-26 13:11

      How many fish did you catch since you started fishing?

      Aish - 2011-09-26 13:11

      The best idea would be to pay the poor to build their own houses.... this way they will treat them with respect. They will have jobs... its a win win.. And I bet they wont burn them down afterwards..hopefully.

      Born To Fish - 2011-09-26 13:14

      Thanks sganja, I see your questions is just as irrelevant as the ANC's promises to the people!

      Succubus - 2011-09-26 13:21

      I tend not to support political parties, and the ANC falls short of a political party that I would even consider supporting. How ever, I do support smart people. Tokyo Sexwale is an honest, smart, wise man, worthy of support regardless of which political party you support. He knows how to make money starting with very little, and he knows what the poor people of this country can do to extract them selves from poverty, if they were to ever take not of what he has to teach. Personally, I believe we should give the guy some support and credit, he is one of the good guys who is helping to build this country.

      CHIPPER_CHAP - 2011-09-26 13:31

      How can he say that now? I am waiting for free housing, free eduction, free medical, free free free? What happened to all your promises? I am taking my vote back next time :(

      burtfred - 2011-09-26 13:35

      Succubus, I think you might be surprised if you do some research into where Tokyo's wealth comes from.

      Bob - 2011-09-26 13:37

      Succubus, I am in agreement with you, the more guys like TS in the ANC the more chance of some of them actually learning something, we would be in a far better place if TS was president and I am certainly not an ANC supporter, he is a fair minded man and not a Racist, he would sort Juju out very quickly.

      DW - 2011-09-26 13:53

      Isnt this the guy who is backed by the ANCYL? I wonder if he discussed this with them first. Better be careful. They expect everything for free. If you take away what Malema promised them, you wont get their support next year.

      LBS - 2011-09-26 14:16

      @Aish : Best idea I heard in a long, long time. I think Moeletsie Mbeki will agree with you wholeheartedly! @Succubus & Bob : Do a little research, I don't think Tokyo is our man....

      cliffarc - 2011-09-26 14:28

      - There's a hell of a lot of things that are'nt sustainable in this country any longer - Anc corruption for starters and expecting 3.00 million white taxpayers to support 48.00 million blacks clutching at the false, vote buying promises made to them. Somethings gotta give and I dont see the Anc changing their futile policies and evil agenda's.

      Njandini - 2011-09-26 14:37

      Born to Fish, your hate for ANC is not going to help the situation!! The housing problem is the time bomb waiting to explode in this country. As a country we all need to stand up and come up with solutions to address such problems. It does not help to blame each, the point is that if we do nothing about the situation, it will affect everyone in the end, particularly our generations. I am of the opinion that free housing, free grants and all the free things that the government is handing out are all not sustainable. What must be done then to have sustainable solutions? That is one of the conversations we must begin. One of the solutions may be that the government provides incentives and work closely with those who have un-utilised land and relocate all these people who live in the slums to occupy their land and work there, but this must be done in a responsible manner and in a way that we start looking at skilling up those that are willing to work hard to earn their living, learn new skills to sustain themselves and eventually own the land and in the process have a positive contribution to the economy of this country. This country needs all of us!!!

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-26 14:37

      When ever and anc moron is faced with reality all they can do is change the subject !! If the shoe fits hey

      Meanleader - 2011-09-26 15:09

      Yeah more free houses , so the massess can get out of this "everything for free" mentality ,, and start working for once ... VIVA >>> Sounds like the ANC got one guy with brains ...only one !!!

      MP3 - 2011-09-26 15:32

      That's a fairly counter-active unhelpful response. Instead I'd offer up some credit where it is due. Realizations like Tokyo's amplifies reason which the middle class has been shouting out.

      TGSA - 2011-09-26 15:32

      Another few years and there won't be any money left and there won't be such discussions (like who should get what and how much for free...)!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 16:00

      HOUSING has fallen OUT OF FAVOUR... the next "FREE-BE" is the NHI... ANC NEVER ceases to amaze me!

      HiJack - 2011-09-26 16:04

      @Njandini. The solution to housing is easy. Make less babies. There you go. Suddenly allot less houses needed. 3-4 million whites, 3-4 million coloured, 1-2 million Indian, over 30 million blacks. Something doesn't seem right, does it? And for some reason whites are blames because blacks can't keep their pants above their knees and now need countless (Free nogal) houses.

      Danel - 2011-09-26 16:05

      @Njandini - The anc regime can start by requesting the "brains" in this country (Whites included) to HELP providing jobs & to grow the economy, while doing away with stupid BEE requirements currently putting a MASIVE strain on growth in the RSA.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-26 16:28

      @ Njandini Stop having more kids than you can count !!

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-27 06:08

      “I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it was, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food. But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue. Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table … everywhere! Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket. And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food. After a while, I couldn’t even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio. Soon, the back yard was like it used to be …. quiet, serene…. and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-27 06:10

      PART II Now let’s see. Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care and free education, and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen. Then the illegal’s came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child’s second grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn’t speak English. Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to ‘press one’ to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than our flag are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties. Just my opinion, but maybe it’s time for the government to take down the bird feeder.

  • Sketchi - 2011-09-26 13:09

    Will they look after the free houses???

      PB - 2011-09-26 13:27

      "South Africans, Sexwale said, preferred standalone houses with their own gardens, but a shortage of land around cities was making that impossible" It is so strange that the ANC could not see that promissing houses instead of flats is going to blow up in their faces. Stranger still, is that the 'We Demand' portion of our citizens "PREFER" (read DEMAND) standalone houses with their own little garden, but they have no problem piling 5 - 10 people into batchelor flats in Hillbrow etc. WTF!!! I also WANT stuff, problem is, unless I PAY for it, IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN

      Born To Fish - 2011-09-26 13:34

      Because you can not erect a shack next a an rdp flat!

      Krush - 2011-09-26 14:24

      ...and the poor keep on having children... 1) Only tax payers should be allowed to vote 2) Only once the Government can provide quality education, medical services and general municipal services for free or partially free to tax payers according to the amount of tax they pay should the unemployed receive social grants. 3) If you are an able bodied person who is unemployed due to lack of education/proven inability to find work and you require free housing, food, medical aid etc; then your services should be rendered to the government as a public worker free of charge. 4) You should only be allowed to have children if either yourself or your husband/wife are a tax payer or you have sufficient funds to raise a child and provide a solid education. 5) Social grants should be solely for those people who are handicapped in a physical or mental capacity which renders them unable to work. 6) Pensioners should get free medical aid & housing if they were paying tax during the years prior to retirement. 7) Only educated foreigners should be allowed to receive a work visa or citizenship in SA. 8) Do away with BEE & AA. They serve no purpose but to provide the masses with false hope of job opportunities, as there are no jobs being created. 9) Change jails/prisons into a working community. Make them work. Agriculture, textiles etc. Use the money generated to self-sustain the prisons. 10) Bring back the death penalty. 11) Wake me up when my dream ends.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 16:04

      Krush... could not have put it better MYSELF! ANC supporters / voters remind me of the Palestinians.... also WANT EVERYTHING FOR NOTHING!

      Raymond - 2011-09-26 19:36

      RDP-Remember Your Dreams and Promises.I have been saying for years now,this is what the ANC voters will get in return.Roads Drains and Pavements.This country is a joke.People can't even look after a Taxi,how can one expect them to look after a house.First thing that is broken is the windows.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-26 20:43

      These people that do get a "FREE-BE" from Govt.... meaning a HOUSE/ROOM with a Kitchen and Bath.... they need to be TAUGHT HOW TO LOOK AFTER THAT PLACE!!!! Cannot expect them to just move in and treat it like the Metal/Cardboard/Plastic sheet SHACK THEY GREW UP IN!!!!

  • Swart_Baas - 2011-09-26 13:11

    thats a bit too late sexwale..what are you going to promise in the next elections then, huh?

      ANC Comrade - 2011-09-26 15:40

      I have been promised a house and I am wainting for more than 7 years. But my previous comment about this was deleted by News 24 just like the dream of my house. Hopefully I will get it next year!

      CPII - 2011-09-26 16:06

      Now Comrade, what you must do now hey, is stop supporting the ANC and vote for the newly to be formed Malema-party. They will sort you out pronto. Julius promised you that just now the other day!

      Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-26 16:06

      Lol!! ANC Comrade, Not to be rude, that kinda made me laugh... Hehehe Your house wasn't "deleted" parts of it are lying in certain government/ex-government's officials... ;-)

      Danel - 2011-09-26 16:12

      @ANC Comrade. Dream on. By the time you and your brother comrades wakes up, the country will be moertoe. And you will still have nothing. Remember: only a judge gives, in the "olden" days Thirty rand fine or 30 days in die tjoekie.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-27 07:54

      ANC Comrade... you need to "PUT MONEY IN THE POCKETS"..... then you get a house!

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-09-26 13:13

    If your department stop "selling" RDP houses and pushing up their relatives on the waiting lists, maybe we will see progress. My suggestion; provide housing to the elders only, skill the youth and create jobs. Decent jobs should be irrelevant in this case.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-26 14:38

      You mean your anc counselors selling the houses !

      Boerseun - 2011-09-26 18:41

      There can never be enough jobs if the regular breeding cycle is not interrupted.

  • chirimuhomwe - 2011-09-26 13:13

    it has to happen at some time.....pple can not just expect a goverment to supply everything for free. they have to own up to their own lives.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-09-26 13:46

      The government cannot give anything they have not taken from someone else.

  • burtfred - 2011-09-26 13:13

    Duh, Tokyo. So you finally figured that one out. Now can I remind you that racist BEE is also not sustainable, or is that too complex for you and your commie mates to fathom?

      Danel - 2011-09-26 16:15

      Well said. I am in the legal process to reduce staff so that I do not exceed RM 35. In the process I will more than double my profit. Can not wait for the process to be completed.

  • Mlu - 2011-09-26 13:15

    Good one Tokyo. Not only free housing but also the whole current welfare system.

      MaanDonkie - 2011-09-26 14:01

      Mlu you must put yourself up for election I'll vote for you. Not like our Pres when asked if he'll stand for election he though they said erection.

  • chirimuhomwe - 2011-09-26 13:16

    it has to happen at some time.....pple can not just expect a goverment to supply everything for free. they have to own up to their own lives.

  • ErrolNdevu - 2011-09-26 13:17

    go sex whale go!

      darkwing - 2011-09-26 14:09

      Hahahaha! That's exactly how an American would pronounce it.

  • Fedup - 2011-09-26 13:19

    "We have natural population growth as well as growth because people are coming here" Simple idiot, close the borders and give the South African people the houses.

  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-26 13:21

    @Tokyo - OMG where have you been cmrd "Billionaire"?

      Ockert - 2011-09-26 13:32

      got his riches for free.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-26 14:39

      Next to the cookie jar where els ?

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-26 13:21

    Sexwale added however, that now was not the time to "cut off the poor". Damn right! Cut them off now and loose their vote. By now most South Africans have realized anyway that the ANC's election promises amounted to zero.

      Ockert - 2011-09-26 13:31

      it will never happen the cut off as they keep multiplying.

  • Pekkie - 2011-09-26 13:22

    The man is correct, But i feel the Government should help establish business that arnt automated as Mr Henry Ford did, It revolutionized the production line forever and created many many jobs, Unfortunately businesses cant do it that way, its cheaper and less complicated if you just automate, a machine cant put a gun to your head by striking and doing you business damage, Sad but true, but it could create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

      Boerseun - 2011-09-26 18:42

      This will never work as our workforce are way to unproductive, highly unionized and will never work for salaries that will make a company competitive in the world market. Labour laws will also kill this idea.

  • TextOfReason - 2011-09-26 13:23

    Translation: Through incompetency and wasteful expenditure we have failed to deliver on our election promises of yesteryear. Now that elections are based on fractional battles and tender/departmental manipulation we no longer feel the need to keep up this particular charade of housing for all.

  • Barbara - 2011-09-26 13:27

    Aha so Government is finally waking freebies are sustainable!

  • Tolerant - 2011-09-26 13:27

    This is the 2nd time that he has said this, ANCYL and ANC should take note of this.

      Raymond - 2011-09-26 19:41

      They should tell their people to STOP having so many children and this applies to SHOWERHEAD as well.

  • StBad - 2011-09-26 13:29

    The concept of decorating the apron of urban centres with low cost/quality/scale incremental development is unsustainable, limiting to natural development, segregative and is a reimplementation of 100 year old ideas (industrial Britain and US) that simply cannot work in the modern era... we have learnt little from our precedent. At least Sexwale has some foresight.

  • ofi - 2011-09-26 13:30

    Zimbabwean arrives in Jo'burg as a new immigrant in South Africa . He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says, "Thank you Mr. South African, for letting me in this country, and giving me free housing, food, free medical care, affirmative action job and free education!" But the passer-by says, "You are mistaken, I am a Nigerian. I'm just here for the free medical care" The man goes on and encounters another passer-by "Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in South Africa !" The person says, "I'm not South African, I'm from Mozambique . I'm just here for the free housing" The new arrival walks further and the next person he sees he stops, shakes hands and says, "Thank you for the wonderful South Africa !" That person puts up his hand and says, "I am from Botswana , I am not a South African .I'm just here for the free education." Finally he sees a lady and asks suspiciously, "Are you a South African?" She says, "No, I am from Ghana !" So he is puzzled and asks her, "Where are all the South Africans?" The Ghana lady looks at her watch, shrugs and says..."Probably at work!" To pay taxes for all our freebies...

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-09-26 15:38

      The guy from Botswana is in for a disappointment.

      Raymond - 2011-09-26 19:42


  • Ockert - 2011-09-26 13:30

    Tokyo - you got your money for free (bee/aa/ free shares and free directorships ) - how can you deny the ever increasing masses their share ?

  • Spade - 2011-09-26 13:36

    "The answer to all housing problems lay in having a growing economy". This is also not working out the way our government intended, it would seem. The policy of degrading our quality of education is only succeeding in creating a generation of expectant illiterates, placing a further burden on the tax-payer base. Then there is the BEE and AA farce. Tokyo believes that, by stating the obvious, everything will be OK. It is the economy's fault the government cannot sustain the housing plan after all, not their own ineptitude. But the simple truth is that our economy is failing due to poor government policies, corruption and greed.

  • RGL - 2011-09-26 13:36

    Stop the runaway population growth ! Government has a duty to educate people who do not understand that kids are not like cattle. The more you have, the worse off you are - idiots.

  • crackerr - 2011-09-26 13:36

    Start charging those governments of countries who through their deliberate policies force their citizens to flee here and become burdens on South Africans.

  • Ke maketse - 2011-09-26 13:37

    I agree with Mr.Sexwale. In addition you could rather spend the money developing rural economies. That way people would not have to abandon their homes for the cities in such large numbers

  • Justin Schon - 2011-09-26 13:40

    The problem is that poor should stop having these big families and stop having babies when they can't afford a house, school or food. I would guess more than 50% of the poor have 2 or more children?? if they just had 1 and looked after what they earned then they would have a house afford the basic. What % of their income is for the child? for Alcohol and for basics?

      BrokenLink - 2011-09-26 13:46

      No no no you can`t have that.....if the literate outnumber the illiterate then how will the ANC win elections in the future? "The rich get richer...the poor gets babies."

  • pots - 2011-09-26 13:40

    the bee deal only benafitted tokyo and pal cyril no body else but the failure to build does not fall to black or white but lies straight at the municipalities door who steal the money and dont pay the builders black or white i have seen them lose big money building rdp houses and not bieng paid

  • jen - 2011-09-26 13:41

    Get rid of all these freeloaders - back to their own country.

  • The Kaapman - 2011-09-26 13:43

    The ANC finally admit they can't deliver on their promises! shu! Now lets have a white ANC President :)

  • BrokenLink - 2011-09-26 13:44

    Really? Its not sustainable to give free houses to 40 million people by having the 5 million tax payers pay for them? Shocking.....who could have seen this coming! If the ANC could read they would probably have realised 17 years ago that we faced the same challenge that most countries face after long time wars with returning soldiers, we have massive unemployment and housing shortages. Its not rocket science figuring out how to kill two birds with one stone.

      burtfred - 2011-09-26 13:57

      Brokenlink, you're not seriously suggesting that the unemployed should build their own houses, are you? If they did, who would collect all that easy social welfare moola meant for the unemployed? Which rabble would Julius, (and Tokyo), spend their days rousing? What you are suggesting is far too sensible for the ANC to even consider.

  • JohnCPOPSA - 2011-09-26 13:52

    The ANC will never ever deliver enough for the people, they have allowed to many foreigners into the country. Our official population should be around 49-50 million. But if you take all the legal and illegal foreigners into the country then our population is plus/minus 60-63 million. So with every project they start they start with the wrong population figures. That is why they have all these problems on sub place name level, they just cannot deliver enough there is just to many people. The smaller population groups are doing better under difficult circumstances because they are small population groups whites and coloureds together about 7,5-8 million and Indians/Asians just over 1 million. But our black population is just to large unless we can bring down their fertility rate. But with the welfare grants more and more young girls are getting pregnant plus the other girls form SADC are streaming into South Africa to get pregnant to also claim the grants. More people are now getting grants than people doing any kind of work.

  • matubeng - 2011-09-26 13:57

    It just a common sense the hon.Minister.

  • Me - 2011-09-26 13:58

    GET RID OF ALL NON SOUTH AFRICANS THEN MAYBE WE CAN LIVE BETTER,but all the ANC does is let and tom,dick and harry in what do they hope to gain, our people must stand up and get rid of them they can sort out the problem in their own counrty we do we go. Build ony of them hoses how long before it looks like sh**t again they can;t look after a thing

  • EXQSME - 2011-09-26 14:00

    we certainly do have tax payers in this country @Born to Fish.......5 million only and the majority of them are white....supporting 48 million!!!!! And as a good tax paying citizen,i say build houses !!!

  • Jon JJ - 2011-09-26 14:00

    In the meantime let's continue reproducing like hamsters...whether we have a roof over our heads or not.

  • Coby - 2011-09-26 14:01

    Free housing very controversial subject. If the government has since post apartheid 1994, spend all monies dedicated for housing efficiently and wisely + used all monies government officials stolen and defrauded (arms deals, billions overspend unaccounted for health in Eastern Cape etc) there should have been enough monies to build more than enough houses for the homeless in SA. The problem is that it's no priority to help the poor with Houses Health Services and Education. Shame on you Mr President and all your Ministers and Cabinet.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-26 14:03

    By now you mean, definitely not before the elections,right?

  • CPII - 2011-09-26 14:05

    Gie gie check Tokyo retract and back pedal on this statement. Counting down one, two, three, four........

  • 1970 SAI - 2011-09-26 14:06

    Our domestic worker who is a born South African is on the list for the past 10 years. In her area is a lot of illegal immigrants who are all issued with free housing. Furthermore, some of the local’s working for the municipality or government are the proud owners of at least to six houses at no cost. Quite a good running business with no expenses. 100% profit as no TAXES are paid. All these house is rent out to the resident in the area at quite significant price. If the payment is not made in time they are throw out and threaten; if they made any complaints to any government agency, action will be taken against them and their families. In spite all house used to have electrical meters in, all has been by-passed or removed and no bill is paid for water or electricity. VIVA DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICA. Keep voting ANC… as this is the down fall for South Africa

  • BloodRiver - 2011-09-26 14:07

    Stop breeding like flies and expecting us white taxpayers to provide houses for you. After all you hate us and the West, why dont you just go back to living in huts?

      ChumScrubber - 2011-09-26 21:24

      The Americans and Asians also breed like flies. The only non breeders are the Chinese and Europeans. Stability can only ever be achieved by having a stable population, but economists sell the idea that stable populations equate to less economic opportunities. (China must confuse these geniuses?) I wonder if the economists will one day teach the world how to eat money - cause soon there won't be much else to eat the way the human population is growing.

  • Marcus Westin - 2011-09-26 14:08

    Yes Tokyo...and if the ANC government takes away economically viable farming land, then even more people will migrate to cities to look for work and they will also need housing. An exodus of people from farming towns and communities to cities will take place creating more slums. And also tell your ANC buddies to CLOSE the borders so that illegal immigrants stop entering the country! That will also solve some of your problems.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-09-26 14:29

    UK example of gov housing: semi detached with small gardens. And why can't the people that are given houses then be made to pay a monthly rental? Gov housing should be used to help get people back on their feet. After that they must find their own place or pay higher rental.

      CPII - 2011-09-26 17:59

      UK example of free handouts. The dole. There are generations living on the dole that haven't done one stitch of honest work in their life times.

  • Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-26 14:29

    Wahaha you knew these people wont eat your lies like the masses hey! But dont be stupid dont tell them now , wait till the next election so they vote for your first !!

  • Just Jane - 2011-09-26 14:37

    There is no excuse for people not to find a way to earn money. If a man in a wheel chair who can only make slight movements with his head and fingers can become one of the wealthiest men in the world but somebody who is able bodied can not baby sit, sew, clean, teach, plant or make anything then that is a choice they make and should suffer until they learn they don't get everything for free. What motivation is there if they keep expecting us all to pay for them? If they could be taught they have too many options to make money, build their own houses and lead better lives the world would be a beter place. Now they are all theives as someone who takes what they haven't earned themselves from others who have worked hard to get what they have. There is no excuse, and hard workers shouldn't be maid to pay for people who squat and breed like rats then abandon their children in rubbish dumps and toilets once again for others to take care of. I'll vote for anyone who encourages self employment and stops free hand outs.

      Marius - 2011-09-26 15:05

      I agree 100%, for every free handout, there is someone else working hard to for it. Not very fair at all.

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  • dot - 2011-09-26 14:56

    Why not try slowing down the growth rate at least. Maybe they can catch up with a number of jobs and houses if there are fewer mouths to feed, less accommodation needed. It can also save on the considerable number of grants currently being paid to people without jobs. Also why can't people in jail be utilized to make bricks, window frames, roof plates, etc and grow veggies. Our politicians do not have answers for having to keep up with supplies, but they never touch on the rapid growth rate.

  • moladi - 2011-09-26 15:07

    Good decision Minister - it could never be sustained -

  • Frans Smith - 2011-09-26 15:18

    oh, i thought you guys "bought" the votes - what are you going to tell the voters now? I know, pull a mugabe - just grab a few farms etc. One question; if the "voters" throw stones and riot, do they still get t-shirts and Kentucky?

  • GypseyAnn - 2011-09-26 15:43

    A bit late for this comment I would think. This, together with free water & lights and education was promised in 1994! That's how the ANC got all the votes. Now they are not delivering and they are finding out that the people are not very happy with their promises being broken! Good Lord, Mr Sexwale, I would have thought people such as yourself could have worked that one out a long time ago!!!!

  • pietskiet - 2011-09-26 15:47

    The ANC has had 17years to build a sustainable economy. Instead it has been thieving from the tills since day 1. Stupid dimwitted thieving fools.

  • Louw - 2011-09-26 16:32

    Njandini, you are so right!!!!!!!!!