Solve hous­ing with fam­ily plan­ning

Talk of the Town - - Opinion - BRUCE TRUTER MZXOLO MANONA

THE think­ing per­son will agree with the words in your lat­est edi­to­rial when you said, “with an ever-grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and on­go­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion and den­si­fi­ca­tion it is un­likely the gov­ern­ment will ever reach the end of a goal to pro­vide hous­ing to ev­ery cit­i­zen of this coun­try. . .”

And that’s not all they will be un­able to pro­vide.

The gov­ern­ment and its many off­shoots should read the book­let The Ori­gin and Evo­lu­tion of African Cul­ture by L Rau and M Kan­gombe. In it the au­thors close with the fol­low­ing words: “If the poor coun­tries ever hope to suc­ceed eco­nom­i­cally, they will have to adopt ‘emer­gency ac­tion’ now, in the form of mea­sures to cut their pop­u­la­tion growth to zero.”

Yet we hear and see lit­tle in this coun­try con­cern­ing fam­ily plan­ning. For in­stance, not a word is spo­ken about it on the TV news bul­letins that I have seen. I AM deeply con­cerned for the wel­fare of the peo­ple who are us­ing an old in­dus­trial fridge as a home at the top end of Al­fred Road near the Sta­tion Hill short­cut and Pick n Pay stor­age fa­cil­ity.

Some­times I see as many as three peo­ple liv­ing here. They have been here since De­cem­ber last year and have no toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, never mind a de­cent shel­ter. It’s cold, and win­ter is com­ing fast. C’mon peo­ple, they are hu­mans, can we please help them? I’m con­cerned for their wel­fare.

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