Friday, January 29, 2010

SA in 'Haiti-like' situation

This is interesting. SA has not, of course, just had a massive earthquake, but the ANC is destructive in its own special way..

It's also complete bullshit. This is the government that encouraged it's poorest citizens to leave their homes and head to formerly "white" areas to outbreed and outvote the minority, without any thought of what they would do when they got there.

It's a result too of the government being to useless to develop areas where people actually are and finding a way to make them want to stay there.

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Cape Town - South Africa is dealing with a "Haiti like situation" every day with squatters around the country enduring floods, fires and disease, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said on Thursday.

"We are dealing every day with a manmade disaster," Sexwale said during a briefing to Parliament's human settlements committee.

"It is Haiti every day. The earth broke there. Here the earth is not broken, but consequences are the same. It is a disaster."

Sexwale said that in 1994 there were around 300 informal settlements in South Africa, while today there were more than 2 600.

'Not government's fault'

The growth of informal settlements was not the fault of the government, he said.

"People have run away from many push factors."

"These are refugees in our own country. It is a disaster. This is disaster management, but with a view of creating assets, with a view of giving those people a better quality of life."

People were also being pulled towards built-up areas to find work, to reconnect with families broken up by single cell hostel systems created by mining houses and to be closer to amenities.

"They are like all of us. They want schools, cinemas. They want shopping malls. So when they park next to a highway don't blame them. They go [to] the highway because it brings them closer to getting bread."

Sexwale said in one informal settlement he come across children blowing up used condoms as though they were balloons.

"They pick up anything that shines," he said.

- SAPA

3 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

They started the land distrbution process. Those farms that close down - being most. Where do those people go - the city.

Tokyo the bullshitter!

Anonymous said...

"Sexwale said that in 1994 there were around 300 informal settlements in South Africa, while today there were more than 2 600." - How's that for ANC Failure 101?? Where are the blacks being outraged about this? No, instead they turn a blind eye when their comrades take from the till...continuously and still blame the whites for what's happening in the country. When they stop being blind maybe there'll be hope for SA.

Exzanian said...

"These are refugees in our own country. It is a disaster. This is disaster management, but with a view of creating assets, with a view of giving those people a better quality of life."
WTF?! It sounds like english but I can't understand a word he's saying...