Too many agen­das at play

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Ron­ald Har­ris via email

The ar­ti­cle “Hous­ing: Help is at hand” (City Press, June 11 2017) refers. There is a se­ri­ous dis­con­nect be­tween the dif­fer­ent tiers of gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing the de­liv­ery of hous­ing in Gaut­eng. To be fair, hous­ing is a com­plex is­sue.

How­ever, the pro­cesses are be­dev­illed by, in my opinion, a lack of political will to de­liver, ANC vs DA cold wars and the inability of opin­ion­ated ANC branch-level de­ploy­ees to im­ple­ment some ex­cel­lent poli­cies.

Gaut­eng is blessed with the ma­jor­ity of the cat­alytic projects. Most of these are al­lo­cated to white property de­vel­op­ers. Their fo­cus is max­i­mum re­turn on in­vest­ment, rather than on de­liv­ery of hous­ing stock. So much for “rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion”.

If ever there is a depart­ment that needs a pro­fes­sional civil service, as per the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan, the depart­ment of hu­man set­tle­ments is it.

Sadly, there are too many agen­das pre­vail­ing for help to be at hand. I do not think the Proteas lose or that they choke. I think they are so good at fix­ing matches – los­ing main matches and then re­ceiv­ing money through the IPL. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into these matches is needed. The Proteas are so used to the fact that we are go­ing to say they choked again that they do not feel any­thing. They do not show pride in play­ing for the na­tional team.

Lila Nicholson Western Cape

The Proteas being the num­ber one team in the world is good enough for me.

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