Caster and her neighbours deserve houses

SERVICE delivery has become a public-relations exercise.

The challenge of service delivery occurs when it becomes a public relations exercise rather than a duty, such as when the local government and housing department in Limpopo promised to build a house for Caster Semenya's family.

If the report in Sowetan on August 31, that MEC Soviet Lekganyane promised to build "a slightly different house to an RDP dwelling amounting to R200000" is true we are in trouble.

The entire Masehlong village in Moletji must be up in arms.

They must also demand the same services as everyone else on the waiting list.

Does this mean that Caster would not have received service had she not won a gold medal? What about fellow medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi or the other heroes who put Limpopo on the world map such as Cassius "Hitman" Baloyi, Philip "Time bomb" Ndou or Kaizer Chiefs midfielder David Mathebula?

Is service delivery selective?

The success of the Golden Girl must have caught the province by surprise and exposed their lack of planning in housing delivery.

No one can argue that the young girl's family needs proper housing, but the same applies to her neighbours and broader community.

If the department can openly admit that the yet to be constructed house will be different to the infamous RDP ones, what does it say about those already sleeping in the death traps?

Maybe the solution is for parents to urge their children to do something that will "put the province on the world map" for them to receive services from the Limpopo government.

Hasani Mabasa, Mukhomi Village