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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT 
MUST BECOME A PRIORITY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR LC MOTHIBA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON PUBLIC WORKS

The 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 cities.

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 of priorities.

Enquiries:
Mr LC Mothiba, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Public Works

Pietersburg
26 November 2001

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