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Stink of more toilets

By Alfred Moselakgomo | Jul 19, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 20 ]

WHAT a waste!

About 100 unused toilets, worth R1,2 million and built in 1997 in Moutse, Limpopo, have been vandalised while government officials wrangle about who is responsible for the project.

The toilets in question formed part of a second phase RDP project in which 100 houses were to have been built. But that never happened and 14 years later people of Matlelerekeng village near Dennilton are still waiting.

Moutse, a semirural area situated about 150km northeast of Pretoria, initially fell under Mpumalanga but was transferred to Limpopo in 2006.

The Limpopo government has refused to take responsibility for the project, arguing that Mpumalanga ought to finish what it started.

"That project are among cross-boundary projects, of which the memorandum of understanding between us and Mpumalanga states that each province must finish what it started," Limpopo housing department spokesperson Dieketseng Diale said.

Mpumalanga department of human settlement spokesperson Freddy Ngobe said: "Given the nature of the area in question, we will interact with our Limpopo counterparts."

Residents say the project was destined for failure because the houses were built in the veld.

"We raised concerns from the start because those houses were being built on no-man's land," community member Ouma Mampane said.

"We told then housing MEC David Mabuza that they should rather build the houses in the yards of deserving people but they would not listen to us.

"(The then) Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa assured us that the project would benefit us, but it turned to be a waste of money."

Mampane said the names of the prospective beneficiaries were taken by Phosa's office and the construction of the houses began.

"In the second phase, another 100 toilets were built but we are still waiting for the houses.

Another resident, Frans Mawela, said: "We don't even know what happened to the money meant for the project."

Mawela said since the beginning of the year bricks and toilet roofs were stolen by people who used the material to build their own houses.

Conrad Tsiane, who was mayor of Moutse at the time the project started, has declined to comment, saying he was no longer in politics.

"If you want information about that project, contact David Mabuza or Steve Ngwenya. They have all the details you need."

Attempts to get either man failed as their phones rang unanswered yesterday.

Mabuza, now Mpumalanga premier, was housing MEC at the time, while Ngwenya, now Independent Electoral Commission officer in Mpumalanga, was project manager.

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1997!!!

I'm convinced the ANC knew NOTHING about it - too busy cashing in and buying cars and going on overseas trips and visiting North Korea and Cuba and Venezuela.

A better life for all - haha - for SOME at least.

........."Let them have toilets!..........
........."One man - one toilet!...........

Personally I think it's cruel to provide individual toilets - where is the sense of community and sharing in this?

Let us have a 'Kakistorium' - where a whole village can commune and ponder weighty matters!
Vive - le kakistorium!

Jul 19, 2011 6:30 | 0 replies

At a village called Phiring next to Echo Caves 100 toilets were built at per section in 1997, only for the houses to be built in 2007, all the toilets where washed away then.

Jul 19, 2011 10:38 | 0 replies

It's time we all started to help out these poor folk. For example, all those who are earning R25,000 pm salary should save up R16m in two years and that can build thousands of toilets. So rather postpone bulding your R16m mansion another two years.

Jul 19, 2011 10:53 | 0 replies

Come on ANC, stop the crap and give your voters toilets. Foe heavens sake, it surely is not THAT difficult. You bunch of flucking morons.

Jul 19, 2011 11:29 | 0 replies

Was struggle for toilets?

Jul 19, 2011 12:46 | 0 replies

Another sh!ttergate scandal, asazi.

Jul 19, 2011 2:19 | 0 replies

the sweet smell of success.

Jul 19, 2011 2:40 | 0 replies

You talk about the people following blindly Mdubane. In CT, ANC supporters voted DA to get a house. Once they got that house, they went back to voting ANC. What about services and jobs? Is the house it? So you can sell it and have money that lasts a month. I wish the people would open their eyes. Think about the future and not dwell in the past. Think about the children.

Jul 19, 2011 3:1 | 0 replies

Im not going 2 shed any tear anymore of feel 4 our black ppl, they voted 4 cANCer so let them deal with it.....who cares. i have my own car, decent job better salary with a gorgeous wife, live in a secure clean suburb, my son attend a nice school with ZERO striking teachers. Viva cANCer viva.

Jul 19, 2011 3:54 | 0 replies

same s**t different flies!

Jul 19, 2011 10:26 | 0 replies

so lets see - DA - cape town - how many uncovered toilets for what - three years - and here we have the third toilet scandal from the ANC councils - and how long has this been going on - hmmn - lets see - I think Floyd Shivambu was still in school when this started - you've got to be proud of the ANC's consistency - they didn't care about the people then and they don't care now ("where's my new car and new house - what toilets?")

Jul 19, 2011 10:20 | 0 replies