UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

HUGE LOCAL COUNCIL SERVICES BACKLOG

STATEMENT ISSUED BY D. MKONO, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The UDM expresses its concern at the recent report that local and provincial government needs R38 billion to address the backlog in basic services, and regards this as a serious indicator of the growing level of poverty in our country.

Government recently allocated R2.6 billion to be spent on poorly funded local government structures. Weighed against the R38 billion that is needed this allocation falls far short from meeting the population's needs. Those most affected are the elderly and rural communities. Many live below the poverty line and the disparity between the haves and have-nots is growing at  an alarming rate. From these grants it is clear that the ANC government is failing dismally in service delivery and in providing a better life for all.

The UDM calls on the Minister to intervene directly where local governments are failing to fulfil their basic duty of providing services. The situation is desperate and requires desperate measures.

Mr D Mkono, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Provincial and Local Government

Cape Town
17 May 2001