What Programme ?

30 05 2008

By Nqobile Shoba

The Reconstruction and Devleopment programme was implemented by the ANC almost fourteen years ago. The programme was put in place in order to aid the poorest of the poor. According to the ANC’s Reconstruction and development programme monitor website

The RDP is a plan to address the many social and economic problems facing our country – problems such as…

  • violence
  • Iack of housing
  • Iack of jobs
  • inadequate education and health care
  • Iack of democracy
  • a failing economy.

However like many of the programmes put in place by our beloved government it has dismally failed. Besides the fact that almost half the houses that it builds for our poverty stricken South Africa are dismal, dispicably put together pieces of somewhat thrown together architecture, they have become no more than just money making schemes for poor and rich alike. I guess the question on everybody’s mind right now is ” What the hell is she talking about?” Well it is common knowledge, and by common knowledge I mean to the gossip mongers/ local church going folk in the townships, and the local governement in any city or town in South Africa that these so called RDP houses for the poor are given and awarded to those who have connections within the local governement. This is despite the fact that there are individuals who have been waiting on the list for more than ten years, to get ann RDP house.

Whilst covering a television news story in Vukani , Grahamstown about the renting out of these houses, I met a few individuals who had been waiting for ten years or more. In fact these were the individuals who were forced to rent out the RDP houses from local fat cats keen to pocket extra money from the poor. If not the fat cats it’s the local people from the townships themselves who somehow strike a connection with the local municipality, or its councilors and mange to own more than two houses in two different township areas, to only spend the profits they gain on alcohol or running a shebeen anyway.

The problem here is that no one takes the blame for what is clearly a system riddled with corruption. When one asks the local municipality about the awarding of RDP houses we are only told that they are not responsible for the awarding of houses and we should speak to the construction companies in charge ,The ANC has its promises. Free housing was one of them. I’m still baffled by the fact that people have waited this long for such a basic need.

used to complain about squatter camps but what else are the poor to do. If you can not afford rent, been waiting for more than ten years for a house, why not but build one? I think that is real vision and courage. So the rich get richer whilst the poor as they say get poorer . So as I switch off my bedroom light in my furnished home , slip into my warm bed I realize how lucky I am to have four sturdy cement walls  to shelter me. Paying for a free house? I don’t get it.




8 responses

30 05 2008

Don’t forget that the RDP was a Cosatu programme, which was used by the ANC in their campaign for the 1994 elections (because they wanted the support of the workers). Once they were in power, they replaced the RDP with GEAR (which led to the removal of Jay Naidoo from the cabinet). After all, the RDP was a policy (or a programme) which was pro-poor and this GEAR and Asgisa are pro capitalits. I’m not suprised because the policy makers are upper classes and would make sure that they make policies that are pro-upperclasses. For now, we are waiting for GEAR or Asgisa houses!

3 06 2008

As long as rich people are solutions (make policies etc) for the poor, nothing will change? Rhini boy, what do you mean if you say GEAR and Asgisa are pro-capitalits, are you trying to say that it favours capitalist only? A poor person can have a capitalist thinking, being rich does not mean that you are a capitalist? We do have rich people who are pro-socialism hence their policies? In terms of South Africa, we can’t expect change in just one night?

Point of correction, we don’t have poor people in South Africa, have you ever heard of anyone dying of hunger or without a place to sleep. Don’t tell me about those people who enjoys being on streets. If you disagree with me, why is it males only on streets.

Back to the topic, South Africans are rich, if they were poor they should be living the country for greener pastures in other countries. Poor people are from Zimbabwe, Moz etc, that is why they are flooding in to South Africa.

23 06 2008
Gram Critic

For 3rd yearn journ students, your English sucks!

24 06 2008

Uqhunyiwe Gram critic…you are mad…who told you that we are 3rd year journ students….fly away! utheni na wena

28 11 2008
BSM Group

This is so true why should they vote for a government that promised them housing 14 years ago and they still living in poverty years later while the big boys get rich and live in huge places without a care in the world.

22 04 2009

They do not have the ability nor knowledge as to what it takes to deliver housing projects

moladi can solve their problem

26 11 2009
Jesse Osmun

This is a really intriguing story. The ANC seems to have forgotten all the so-called promises it made to the poorest in South Africa. While I am sure some NGO’s will seize on this as an oppurtunity to move in and provide housing, I also wonder if doing so will only prop up the government’s image and keep them from acting to meet the demands of people looking for adequate housing.

P.S. I added your blog to my blogroll.. please keep up the outstanding indie journalism!

15 11 2012
moladi (@moladi)

Read a bit more how we can solve the issue – Forbes India article about moladi in South Africa Ironic? – http://forbesindia.com/blog/the-good-company/to-build-or-not-to-build-that-is-the-question/

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