DA debates Human Settlements 2017/18 budget

Note to Editors: The following speeches were delivered today in the Gauteng Legislature by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Human Settlements, Mervyn Cirota MPL, and Spokesperson for Human Settlements, Makashule Gana MPL during the debate on the Department of Human Settlements 2017/18 budget.

Speech by
Mervyn Cirota MPL

“Human Settlements budget devoid of substance”

  • It is very apparent from the budget that the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has no plan to ascertain what the problems are that exist, no plan to measure the extent of the intervention necessary and no plan to put in place rectification and other necessary measures to deal with these challenges.
    • Although 1.5 million homes have been provided since 1994, 2 million are still required and the number of informal settlements have increased by more than 50% since 1996 with the number now in excess of 800 in Gauteng.
    • Communities across the province are frustrated and no longer wish to hear unrealistic promises. They require timelines and commitments in writing.
    • As with previous budgets, it is misdirected, lacking in imagination, failing in policy implementation, its priorities are confused and contains little vision or planning.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by
Makashule Gana MPL

“More under-delivery expected from Human Settlements budget”

  • This department is well known for over-promising and under-delivering. The delivery record of the department in the last few financial years has been below target, actually the department last achieved its targets in the provision of RDP houses before the 2010 World Cup.
    • MEC Mashatile you have been on a roadshow visiting communities of Eldodaro Park, Freedom Park, Ennerdale and surrounds making promises. When one looks at the budget under consideration, there is just no money set aside for these areas.
    • One area of concern is the money set aside for the maintenance of provincial assets, the amount being reduced from R77 million to R64 million in this current financial year, and its further reduction to R45 million for the 2018/19 financial year.
    • The people of Gauteng deserve better than what this department has been delivering, a government that will not forget people. No one in Gauteng must ever feel left behind or forgotten.

The full speech can be obtained here.