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Decade of waiting

By Ramosidi Matekane | Nov 06, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 19 ]

RESIDENTS of the once-magnificent Masiza Flats at Sebokeng in the Vaal, Gauteng, live in filth, with open sewers, no water and electricity in a building that is falling apart.

Conditions at the building degenerated after a failed eviction attempt by a company that had claimed to have bought the flats in 2001.

Residents fought the sale of the flats and they finally succeeded when the government bought back the building last year.

For more than a decade, the residents have illegally connected electricity. They use the veld to answer the call of nature and if they use their toilets, they flush with water that they fetch from neighbouring residential areas.

Residents said that their spirits were briefly lifted when the then Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi officiated over a sod-turning ceremony promising to develop their area earlier in the year.

But then in July Mmemezi was found guilty of contravening the provincial legislature code of conduct and ethics for using a government credit card.

There were also allegations that the MEC had covered up an accident involving a government vehicle in 2011.

Mmemezi, who resigned after the scandals, was flanked by senior Emfuleni local municipality officials during the event this year as he spoke of a total facelift of the flats.

But since then there has been little action.

Residents say development is at a snail's pace.

Maki Mphaki, 40, says: "Since Mmemezi left office no one cares to complete the projects that he started. After the sod turning we believed we were finally on the road to development, but now it seems we are in for a long wait."

Contacted for comment, Emfuleni local municipality spokesmanKlaas Mofomme said his office was awaiting a report from the local housing officials.

"What I know is that the province has a programme that is supposed to be running," Mofomme said.

His counterpart in the Gauteng provincial housing department, Motsamai Motlhaolwa, has allayed residents fears. He said that the work would go ahead as planned.

"The contractor has been appointed and is busy with water and sewer installations. Once that work has been completed , then refurbishment work will begin," he said.

Motlhaolwa added that his office was trying to get the service provider to supply temporary relocation units where residents could be relocated while the flats were being refurbished.

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That report will come after ten years and the read for fifteen years and acted upon after twenty years. You would have voted for them 7 times in the national polls and maybe dead. A luta continua. The struggle goes on for the failure of our country.

Nov 06, 2012 7:14 | 0 replies

Blackstone.lebs
@The-Vince....i believe you wanted to say "some" black people

What most fail to grasp is that this "give me / i demand / govy will provide" mentality is being subconsciously passed onto the next generation. The headline says it all, how can people wait for a decade and still expect to see changes?
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Yeah bro I meant to say "some" black people, thats true, from generation to generation.

Nov 06, 2012 3:47 | 0 replies

and yet they will vote for an uneducated morron to run a country again

Nov 06, 2012 2:54 | 0 replies

@The-Vince....i believe you wanted to say "some" black people

What most fail to grasp is that this "give me / i demand / govy will provide" mentality is being subconsciously passed onto the next generation. The headline says it all, how can people wait for a decade and still expect to see changes?

Nov 06, 2012 12:48 | 0 replies

Blackstone.lebs
You will get free this and free that...these are the results. People no longer take resposibility of their lives and habitats, someone else is to blame not "me". I will consume alcohol everyday, engage in unprotected sex and have as many kids as i please; taxpayers will pick up the tab. I will not clean my yard nor try to fix that small leak under my sink. I will throw litter everywhere (there's EPWP to take care of that). i will not go job hunting, the job will come looking for me via my fat councillor blah blah...People need get off their asses and start doing something to better their own lives
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Am with you on this one 1million percent (if it exists), black people are just too f@##d up and act like spoiled brats.

Nov 06, 2012 12:36 | 0 replies

Mara again, I also blame people, you know there is something about black people in particular that makes them think, since the government is providing for everything, almost, and they tend to think that the government will have again take proper care of the area they live in, whilest they damage the structures, litter, and not caring as to how the environment they live in looks like, If you can just go around many township where the majority is black people you notice heaps of rubbish dumped next to a sign that says "No illigal dumping", and its not that the rubbish trucks do not come everyweek to pickup trash, rubbish trucks are provided but people are just so hardheaded, and the next thing you come complaining of damages you caused, and sewege pipes that got blocked coz of the rubbish you dump all over, nxxaa!!!!!

Nov 06, 2012 12:19 | 0 replies

@lenyora13
Sometime our people tolerate Sh*t(xcuse a pun).. i don't think such nonsense will be happenin if it was a white neighbourhood.. we need to demand xcellent service from our municipality..
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The people in other neighbourhoods don't have this type of thing because they 1) Pay rent or a bond every month 2) Pay rates and taxes every month 3)Pay for electricity at very high rates. If they fail to pay for these things the above situation is the outcome. 1)You get evicted or loose your house 2) Rates not paid - electricity cut 3) long overdue accounts - water gets cut.



Nov 06, 2012 12:17 | 0 replies

@ lenyora13

Ah the practicalities of zuma's 'African Way' - another shining example for us to see in all its glory! Those pesky residents (skwattas) are nothing but counter revolutionary agents!

People in a so called 'white' neighbourhood actually pay plenty for what they have. Even such commodoties like electricity, water and sewers that 'black' neighbourhoods take for granted and demand/take for free, are subsidised by these 'white' areas. EVERYTHING has a price and NOTHING is for free - The TANSTAAFL Principle (Economics 101)!

Perhaps if people living in those areas put a bit more effort into their own social upliftment, studied or worked harder, they would begin to understand that they are being lied to and manipulated in order to support the short-term gains of the upper most level of the Black Bourgeoisie.

Nov 06, 2012 12:11 | 0 replies

You will get free this and free that...these are the results. People no longer take resposibility of their lives and habitats, someone else is to blame not "me". I will consume alcohol everyday, engage in unprotected sex and have as many kids as i please; taxpayers will pick up the tab. I will not clean my yard nor try to fix that small leak under my sink. I will throw litter everywhere (there's EPWP to take care of that). i will not go job hunting, the job will come looking for me via my fat councillor blah blah...People need get off their asses and start doing something to better their own lives.

Nov 06, 2012 12:2 | 0 replies

you get what you vote for

Nov 06, 2012 11:53 | 0 replies

Another 1 bites the dusts ...............fok man alles draai na k@K toe onder draai die duiwel rond

Nov 06, 2012 10:57 | 0 replies