ISSUED BY MR LC MOTHIBA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON PUBLIC WORKS
current debacle of the R350 million prison in Kokstad standing empty because the
local council cannot afford to provide basic water and sewage services (and
national government refuses to assist) highlights the dismal attempts by this
government at infrastructure development.
The newly launched UDM policy proposals specifically highlight the issues of
infrastructure development and planned sustainable development as pivotal to the
future economic and social success of South Africa; its people, communities and
Because this government places little value in infrastructure development and
planning the result is that a desperately needed prison is standing empty, and a
poor community who were promised jobs are now expected to fork out R40 million
to provide the prison with water and sewage services. The government's promises
of R70 million a year in income generation for local people have not
materialised. The result is that a choice must now be made between providing
services to the prison or to the community! This is simply ridiculous.
The sad truth is that stories like these abound across South Africa, from the
informal settlements in our industrial heartland to the neglected rural areas.
How do we expect South Africans to be productive participants in the economy if
people do not have water for their homes and farms? How can South Africa work
when students study by candlelight and industries seek greener foreign pastures
for lack of electricity?
A government that has R66 billion to waste on weapons could surely find the
money for proper and planned infrastructure delivery that uplifts South African
cities and towns and make them economically and socially viable. It's a question
Mr LC Mothiba, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Public Works
26 November 2001