Still no hou­ses for Bet­hes­da re­si­dents af­ter 19 y­e­ars of pro­mi­ses

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

NIEU-BET­HES­DA — On Wed­nes­day, No­vem­ber 1, a group of dis­grunt­led re­si­dents of Nieu-bet­hes­da i­ni­ti­a­ted a pe­a­ce­ful pro­test re­gar­ding the lack of de­li­very of low-cost hou­ses.

Ac­cor­ding to Chai­r­per­son of the acti­on group, Ro­ma­no Da­vid­son, re­si­dents ha­ve been wai­ting for 19 y­e­ars for t­he­se hou­ses to be built.

Their ple­as to the pre­vi­ous Cam­de­boo Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty and now the Bey­ers Nau­dé Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty ha­ve fal­len on de­af e­ars. So­me in­dig­nant pro­tes­ters be­lie­ve that the mo­ney that was sup­po­sed­ly al­lo­ca­ted for the buil­ding of t­he­se hou­ses has been mi­sap­pro­pri­a­ted.

The group of a­bout 30 men and wo­men be­gan e­recting struc­tu­res on the pie­ce of ground that has been pur­cha­sed by the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty for the de­ve­lop­ment of t­he­se ho­mes. Sophie Swarts said, “I ha­ve been wai­ting for a hou­se for 19 y­e­ars, and now I am fed up!”

Da­vid­son said that af­fected re­si­dents had a meet­ing two weeks ago, and ha­ve gi­ven the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty until No­vem­ber 8 to re­spond and at le­ast dis­cuss the is­sue with them. Should no­thing hap­pen, he fe­ars that mo­re ra­di­cal pro­test acti­on will ha­ve to ta­ke pla­ce as their que­s­ti­ons are sim­ply being ig­no­red.

He claims that the new mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger has not met with con­cer­ned ci­ti­zens to da­te. DA ward coun­cil­lor Lin­da Bo­tha says, “I ful­ly un­der­stand the hu­ge frus­tra­ti­on and an­ger of the com­mu­ni­ty (in Pie­naar­sig, Nieu-bet­hes­da).

They ha­ve been pro­mi­sed and pro­mi­sed and pro­mi­sed for o­ver 10 y­e­ars by ma­yors, by mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­gers, by ward coun­cil­lors and by the De­part­ment of Hu­man Sett­le­ments that 250 hou­ses would be built for them.

To da­te, no­thing has hap­pe­ned. I ha­ve been wor­king very hard on the RDP hou­sing is­sue and so­me weeks back es­ca­la­ted the pro­blem to se­ni­or ma­na­ge­ment at the De­part­ment of Hu­man Sett­le­ments who ar­ran­ged with the MEC to sett­le the ac­count for the EIA, WULA, ar­cha­e­o­lo­gi­cal and ot­her stu­dies that we­re do­ne. The Mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger had to sign the ad­den­dum and this has now been do­ne. Mr In­gram at DHS says that t­hings should start mo­ving soon.”

Da­vid­son said that they ha­ve been told that the pro­cess has ap­pa­rent­ly been de­lay­ed as the land which the mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty has pur­cha­sed has a pro­blem with f­looding. The coun­cil­lor says that she knows no­thing a­bout this de­lay and is unsu­re as to w­hat Ro­ma­no Da­vid­son’s sour­ce of in­for­ma­ti­on is.

He ma­de a plea to the en­ti­re com­mu­ni­ty of Nieu-bet­hes­da to stand in u­ni­ty with the pe­op­le who ha­ve been pro­mi­sed hou­ses as the need is di­re. Pe­op­le are li­ving in shacks in backy­ards of ho­me­o­w­ners in in­hu­ma­ne con­di­ti­ons. Lin­da Bo­tha con­fer­red that one man li­ves with his di­sa­bled brot­her in a two-room­ed con­structi­on with sand for a floor and no roof on one of the rooms. A­not­her fa­mi­ly of ni­ne shares a three­room­ed con­structi­on.

This group of pe­op­le in Nieu-bet­hes­da are sim­ply wan­ting com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and so­lu­ti­ons to a pro­blem that has been on­going for ma­ny y­e­ars. The Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger was not a­vai­la­ble for com­ment at the ti­me of going to press.

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