|The Department of Co-operative Governance , Human Settlement and Traditional affairs (CoGHSTA ) under MEC Jerry Ndou has dismally underperformed , underspent and only managed to build 17% of the housing target in the 2018 /2019 financial year. This is a clear indicator that the failing ANC government does not care about people oppressed by poverty.
The underperforming occurred despite the department’s pronouncement to reduce the housing backlog by 80 600 units by 2019.
According to the Second Quarter Performance Report for July – September, only 83 new sites were connected to basic water and sanitation service as part of the integrated residential development programme instead of 600 sites.
To compound the matter, not even a single community residential unit or social housing units were built in the 1st and 2nd quarter.
The scapegoating by the department for the delay in the first quarter is that it is due to the workers’ strike action and community service delivery unrest.
During the departmental budget speech earlier this year, MEC Ndou indicated that 215 communities residential units will be built in Lephalale whilst only 37 units and 52 units were targeted for enhanced peoples’ housing process units to be completed in the 1st and 2nd quarter respectively but none have been built to date.
The detailed failed projects under MEC Ndou are as follows:
|New houses (rural and urban)
||6 965 units
|Households connected to basis services
|New sites connected to basic services
|Rental units built
|Enhanced Peoples Housing Units
|Number of job opportunities created
The DA believes that the underperformance by the department was caused by the delay in procurement processes due to non-responsive bids, delays in approval for beneficiaries and failure to issue clearance certificates for beneficiaries owing municipal rates and taxes.
The budgeted R2 million for EPWP was also underspent which lead to no jobs being created for the Limpopo residents.
The allocated human settlement development grant and title deeds restoration grant estimated to be R1.3 million was also underspent by 39% and 15% respectively.
The DA is deeply concerned that the continuous under-expenditure of grants will always put the department at the risk of losing valuable money that could enhance service delivery.
It is clear that the underspending can directly be linked to a lack of leadership, poor financial and performance management and poor governance under MEC Ndou’s helm.
The DA has written to the Portfolio committee for Co-operative governance to probe this dismal underperformance and underspending within the department and summon MEC Ndou to account.
Limpopo needs DA-led Change that speeds up the delivery of quality services.
The people’s money must be spent on improving the lives of the people, not on politicians.