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ANC government neglecting us – Coloured communities

DURBAN’S coloured community has expressed concern over being “neglected” by the ANC-led provincial government and the eThekwini municipality when it comes to development.

“Coloured groupings are being marginalised when it comes to tenders and other business opportunities. The manner in which government tender and procurement policies are designed is to keep certain groupings out,” Jenny Boysie said.
He was speaking during a social cohesion and service delivery consultative conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The conference was attended by community leaders and communities from Wentworth, Sydenham, Marrianridge, Greenwood Park and Newlands East, which are occupied largely by coloureds.
But economic development and tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu insisted that coloureds were not being discriminated against.
Boysie said that there was no entrepreneurial development for coloureds. “The group (coloureds) is being excluded in SMME (Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise) programmes. When there are big projects taking place in our areas like the construction of roads, locals are ignored though they have the necessary skills,” he complained.
He said the government always complained about the shortage of artisans in South Africa when there were many in Wentworth alone.
Shaun Jones claimed there were few projects in predominantly coloured areas. He said in areas where there were a few, they were not used because officials don’t “really care about them”.
“In Wentworth, there is a swimming pool, but it is used to make doughnuts. Some flats are crumbling because they had been build about 30 years ago,” he claimed.
Other issues they raised were non-visibility of police in areas that are known to be dangerous, lack of old-age homes for coloured senior citizens and high levels of school drop-outs due to substance abuse. They also complained about lack of respect for the Khoisan community’s heritage.
eThekwini municipality speaker Loggie Naidoo acknowledged that some of the concerns raised were genuine. “While some issues will be dealt with urgently, others would need a budget. The upgrade of flats is now under the procurement process,” Naidoo said.
Premier Zweli Mkhize said they had received a number of concerns from coloured people who felt sidelined. “No community should ever be made to feel neglected. No government can exist when there is a community that feels sidelined.
“Anyone who occupy the seat of government has the responsibility to listen to your concerns. You have a right to complain and you do not need a special requirement to demand what should be given to you,” Mkhize said.
He assured them that the issues raised would be addressed.

“Coloured groupings are being marginalised when it comes to tenders and other business opportunities. The manner in which government tender and procurement policies are designed is to keep certain groupings out,” Jenny Boysie said.

He was speaking during a social cohesion and service delivery consultative conference at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The conference was attended by community leaders and communities from Wentworth, Sydenham, Marrianridge, Greenwood Park and Newlands East, which are occupied largely by coloureds.

But economic development and tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu insisted that coloureds were not being discriminated against.

Boysie said that there was no entrepreneurial development for coloureds. “The group (coloureds) is being excluded in SMME (Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise) programmes. When there are big projects taking place in our areas like the construction of roads, locals are ignored though they have the necessary skills,” he complained.

He said the government always complained about the shortage of artisans in South Africa when there were many in Wentworth alone.

Shaun Jones claimed there were few projects in predominantly coloured areas. He said in areas where there were a few, they were not used because officials don’t “really care about them”.

“In Wentworth, there is a swimming pool, but it is used to make doughnuts. Some flats are crumbling because they had been build about 30 years ago,” he claimed.

Other issues they raised were non-visibility of police in areas that are known to be dangerous, lack of old-age homes for coloured senior citizens and high levels of school drop-outs due to substance abuse. They also complained about lack of respect for the Khoisan community’s heritage.

eThekwini municipality speaker Loggie Naidoo acknowledged that some of the concerns raised were genuine. “While some issues will be dealt with urgently, others would need a budget. The upgrade of flats is now under the procurement process,” Naidoo said.

Premier Zweli Mkhize said they had received a number of concerns from coloured people who felt sidelined. “No community should ever be made to feel neglected. No government can exist when there is a community that feels sidelined.

“Anyone who occupy the seat of government has the responsibility to listen to your concerns. You have a right to complain and you do not need a special requirement to demand what should be given to you,” Mkhize said.

He assured them that the issues raised would be addressed.

De Sowetan Live, 28/11/2012.

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