Thousands of vulnerable Nelson Mandela Bay residents remain destitute, without any support from the municipality.
The derelict Lwendlekazi High School in New Brighton has been home to a group of residents since 2000, after their shacks were burnt in a fire. They had no choice but to seek shelter in this dangerous structure and continue to live without access to any services.
Many of these residents are still not on the severely backlogged housing list, which continues to be marred by corruption and mismanagement.
To make matters worse, over 30 people in this structure are forced to share one partially functional toilet.
For those residents who make it onto the housing waiting list, homes often land up going to incorrect beneficiaries or collapse as a result of poor workmanship. Willie Tarentaal and his son, Steven Pienaar, have been living on the streets of Port Elizabeth for years, despite the department of human settlements promising an urgent investigation into the reasoning behind their allocated RDP home going to an incorrect beneficiary.
Problem buildings like this one continue to pose massive risks to our residents.
Renaldo Burgess sadly lost his life last week in Korsten when a derelict building collapsed while he was inside it.
This is a clear example of one municipal failure causing and reinforcing another.
In an inclusive city, the DA will introduce a Problem Buildings By-Law that will be monitored by a local Metro law enforcement unit. The by-law will ensure community safety, reduce crime and increase investor confidence. Furthermore, the DA will make the housing list public, as has been done by the DA in government elsewhere, and expedite the roll out housing to reduce the current backlog.
The DA is set on winning Nelson Mandela Bay at next year’s elections to deliver housing, good governance, proper planning and so that foresight be the foundation on which this Metro is run.
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