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Basale bedinga kusha eThekwini

Durban – Ingaphezulu kwekhulu imindeni ezama ukuhlanganisa izinto kancane kancane kulandela ukucekeleka phansi kwamakhaya ayo ngenxa yomlilo emijondolo ekuPalmiet Road eThekwini endaweni yaseClare Estate, kubika iNewswatch.

Umlilo ucekele phansi imijondolo ngosuku olwandulela uKhisimusi washisa imizi engu-85.

Bangaphezulu kuka-150 abantu abasale dengwane.

Nakuba ingakacaci imbangela yomlilo, amaphoyisa akholelwa ukuthi umlilo uqale emjondolo oshiywe kuvutha kuwo ikhandlela.

Abantu ababili belashelwa izilonda zokusha esibhedlela.

UMnikelo Ndabankulu, osenhlanganweni Abahlali baseMjondolo, uthi iningi lemindeni ekhahlamezekile yileyo esemaholidini.

“Abanye babo abasiboni isidingo sokuphuthuma babuye ngoba impahla yabo, imizi nakho konke okunye kushile.”

UNdabankulu uthi labo okwenzeke lo mshophi besezindlini zabo, bacushiswe emahholo omphakathi, ngesikhathi besakha kabusha imizi yabo.

Kubhikishe izakhamuzi eThekwini

Kubhikishe izakhamuzi eThekwini

Durban – Amakhulu ezakhamuzi zaseThekwini eClaire Estate naseReservoir Hills, kulindeleke ukuba zingenele umbhikisho, emgwaqeni uPalmiet Road, ngoLwesihlanu ekuseni.

Inhlangano yabahlali basemjondolo, ithi bazobamba imashi enokuthula ngenhloso yokuzwakalisa ukukhathazeka kwabo ngokungalethwa kwezidingo, kubika iNewswatch.

Okhulumela Abahlali Basemjondolo uSbu Zikode uthi abahlali bazolibhekisa ehhovisi likaThemba Mtshali, noyikhansela lakuwadi 23, okuyilapho abazomnika khona incwadi yezikhalazo.

Uthi abahlali badiniwe ngokungalethwa kwezidingo endaweni, izidingo ezifana namanzi nokuthuthwa kwendle.

Amaphoyisa asiqaphile isimo.

Ababhikishi ku-Palmiet Road bashise amathayi bajikijela amatshe emgwaqeni.

Will conditions improve?

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15/02/2006 10:20 – (SA)

Clare Nullis

Cape Town – Nomthunzi Naphakade’s mood switches between anger, shame and resignation as she surveys the shack she shares with her mother, sister, brother and two young children.

The roof of the two-room tin and cardboard structure leaks in the rain and its walls shake in the wind. There is no running water or electricity. The family toilet is a stinking bucket emptied once a week.

Naphakade says she has seen little improvement in conditions during the 25 years she has lived in the Crossroads settlement.

And she holds out little hope of change any time soon despite the pledges of candidates in March 1 local elections to speed up delivery of basic services to the impoverished millions still waiting for a better life promised them at apartheid’s end over a decade ago.

“We’ve always voted and we will this time as well,” said her 66-year-old mother, Nopasile. “But we’ve never seen any difference. There have just been promises, but no change.”

The mood is equally bleak at a squatter camp perched on a hill overlooking the busy N2 highway between the airport and city centre. The inhabitants named it Europe, wistfully conjuring up hopes of a better life.

Bright pages from a magazine serve as wallpaper in Norah Didi’s lopsided Europe shack. She said it’s the only colour and romance in her grim life.

Nearby slums

A nearby slum is called Barcelona because it was built on a dump as a “temporary” settlement in 1992, the same year as the Olympics in the Spanish city.

Barcelona is still a blot on the landscape of the bleak Cape Flats townships, as are many other shack settlements which have a depressingly permanent aura about them.

In Cape Town alone, there are an estimated 260 000 families on the waiting list for housing. Less than 12 000 new homes were built in 2004, down from a 1997-98 peak of 43 800.

Nationwide, the number of households in shacks rose from 1.45 million to 1.84 million – a 26% increase, according to housing ministry figures since the country’s first all-race elections in 1994. This was despite the government spending nearly R30bn to build about 1.8 million new homes in just under 12 years.

Even though the government has made strides toward overcoming the legacy of racist white rule and providing basic services, the challenge is huge. Some 16 million people out of the 48 million population remain without adequate sanitation and 3.7 million have no access to clean water.

President Thabo Mbeki has vowed that the bucket toilet system – currently used by 230 000 households – will be eradicated by 2007; that all communities will get clean water and decent sanitation by 2010; and electricity by 2012. He has also promised to replace all shacks with houses by 2014.

Whose responsibilty is it?

The responsibility for implementing these promises lies largely with municipal governments, though there is some overlap and a number of joint projects with national and provincial authorities.

Daniel Nomkhala, a 48 year-old baker, moved into a small, turquoise house built by the government in Crossroads in 2001. He has a toilet and running water and said it has transformed his life – though he complains the walls are cracked and the doors don’t fit properly.

But sewage runs through the street near his home, and there are no recreational facilities for his children. There is no nearby police station and few patrols, so crime is rife. And the local councillor is incompetent, Nomkhala complains.

Frustrated residents repeatedly rioted last year in Crossroads – and in many other townships throughout South Africa.

“People are waiting until after the election. If there is no improvement in delivery, then there may be more riots,” said Weikazi Mbotho, 33, who shares a two-room shack with 12 other relatives. It also doubles up as a “shebeen,” a small tavern that helps her make ends meet.

‘The strongest get the houses’

Asked how long she has waited for a proper house, Mbotho shrugs.

“You can’t say I’m on a waiting list as you can wait for ever,” she said. “It’s the strongest who get the houses.”

The governing African National Congress has made service delivery and a clampdown on corrupt councillors the central theme of its election campaign. So has the opposition Democratic Alliance, which has run vitriolic ads criticizing the ANC’s record.

In the last municipal elections in 2000, the ANC won 59% of the vote. The Democratic Alliance won 22 percent and the rest was split between smaller parties.

The ANC is expected to win again this time given its support among the black majority. But some towns – like Cape Town – might swing to the Democratic Alliance if it manages to mobilize white voters and capitalize on discontent among the mixed-race community.

Many traditional ANC supporters – like Beauty Nazo – say they are too disillusioned to vote.

“It makes me feel very, very angry,” Nazo said. “We are sick and tired. They keep on promising heaven and earth during elections and then disappear afterward.”