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Mokonyane faces her unfulfilled promises

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa and Kingdom Mabuza | Feb 17, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 74 ]

GAUTENG premier Nomvula Mokonyane will deliver her state of the province address on Monday with some of the promises she made last year unfulfilled.

Most of the projects that she announced were still work in progress while others have simply not taken off the ground.

Mokonyane undertook to eradicate the "dehumanising bucket system" in Evaton, south of Johannesburg, but nothing has been done so far.

Sowetan yesterday visited the township and saw countless makeshift houses and shacks with open pit toilets.

Esther Skhosana, who moved to Evaton in 1997, decried the many promises that had been made.

Skhosana and her neighbours - Boitumelo Motsamai as well as sisters Miriam and Nombulelo Sokamiza - had dug up two pit toilets and recently added a third one because the two were full.

Their neighbour Maria Olivier shares a derelict pit toilet with four other families on a piece of land for which they pay between R50 and R100 to rent a month.

Asked what she thought about Mokonyane's promise to eradicate the toilet issue, Motsamai said: "The last we know of that project was when they (government) dug up the ground to build the toilets.

"That was three years ago. They haven't said anything. We've been forgotten."

Unemployed Macy Mtshali and vendor Sindi Mokoena, who have been living in Evaton for 23 years, said they wanted Mokonyane to address the issue of housing.

Mtshali and Mokoena admitted that there had been progress but setbacks, allegedly caused by locals, made it difficult to see.

Though one of Mokonyane's promises to install solar powered street lights was honoured, the streets of Evaton remained dark at night after the lights were repeatedly vandalised.

The township also seemed to be affected by an ineffective waste collection system. Piles of rubbish stood unattended on street corners.

Many of the old houses built using mud still dotted the township landscape despite Mokonyane promising to upgrade them.

Opposition parties are equally not impressed with unfulfilled promises.

DA leader in the legislature, Jack Bloom, said major promises have not been met.

Bloom said despite Mokonyane's promises last year that all vacant positions in government departments would be filled, there is still no progress.

Bloom praised the government for exceeding expectations by creating 5,110 food gardens for communities in Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng and Johannesburg.

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@AfroPanther

You really tire me out and embarrass me you racist.

Feb 19, 2012 1:42 | 0 replies

AfroPanther - Lets see, 3 bankrupt provinces...

You tell me dude.

Feb 17, 2012 2:30 | 0 replies

@AfroPanther

>We have long been segregated in all aspects of life

Who are we? Certainly you cannot speak for me? I am living in post-apartheid SA and there are no laws that restrict me just because I'm black. Segregation is a choice... and I choose to be part of the bigger SA. I know many whites that have made the same decision – in all aspects of life.

But you did not answer me. Why do you want to be what you h@te?

Feb 17, 2012 2:30 | 0 replies

RobinH
xBusi: There is no blindness as deep as self-imposed thought-exclusion.
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you are the one who is blind if you think Africans don't know what party is worst for them.

Feb 17, 2012 2:26 | 0 replies

xBusi
@AfroPanther

No Afro... Sgandy is looking past skin colour and trying to find the best solution for the country... you on the other hand only focus on skin colour.
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No he is not,he just assumes that people voted for the ANC without,which how the so called white man believes about our people,they believe that we don't think,we just vote on impulse,these whites don't live among our people,we do, we hear our people everyday talking about reasons why they will vote for the ANC,FYI voting is a well thought process.


If we segregate according to skin colour we are just as "evil" as the previous regime.
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We have long been segregated in all aspects of life,politics is the only area where we have leverage,which is why the white man wants unity on that area alone.

Feb 17, 2012 2:23 | 0 replies

xBusi: There is no blindness as deep as self-imposed thought-exclusion.

Feb 17, 2012 2:18 | 0 replies

@Afro

>I'm working hard for myself, I don't expect RDP house or grant from government.

Now thats what I want to hear Afro....

>but it doesn't mean we have to vote for the opposite color.

Oh boy... the colour thing again. Besides do you know the only party in SA that you can label as a "white" party if probably the FF+.

Feb 17, 2012 2:16 | 0 replies

Dikmol
AfroPanther, no one said anything about voting for whoite man or woman for that matter. "WE" also did not vote for any man or woman, we voted for a party. Try to follow the argument in that order maybe it will make a difference,
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You make start to doubt your intelligence when you make statement like that,even a primary school child would understand that when I say white man I mean the other race not an individual.

Feb 17, 2012 2:16 | 0 replies

LOL, another incompetent ANC deployee.

Feb 17, 2012 2:15 | 0 replies

@AfroPanther

No Afro... Sgandy is looking past skin colour and trying to find the best solution for the country... you on the other hand only focus on skin colour. If we segregate according to skin colour we are just as "evil" as the previous regime. The only question I have for you is… why do you want to be what you clearly h@te?

Feb 17, 2012 2:13 | 0 replies

Dikmol
Sgandy
Bodarkie..le tlo bolaya ke blind loyalty..start using your brains to vote instead of your skin colour...these people should earn your votes..year in year out same promises..nothing forthcoming...life lessons dont count in certain people...le tla ja masepa for good.
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We are already eating masepa bra. All because teh majority of the majority refuses to see thimgs as they are. Re ja masepa a di fatcats.
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I'm not eating anybody's sh!t,because I'm working hard for myself, I don't expect RDP house or grant from government.They are corrupt but it doesn't mean we have to vote for the opposite color.

Feb 17, 2012 2:11 | 0 replies