'It’s hell to live like this' - life in Mitchells Plain, where residents fill potholes themselves

SeRpEnT

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Lots of blaming and pitty-patty finger pointing but sweet fark-all said about how the Good party aims to fix it all..
Most of the stuff highlighted in his article actually to be blamed on the ANC but hey let's point fingers at the DA to see they can win over some DA voters.

The Good Party...where they will fight poverty by expecting miracles and money to fall from the sky. Just another EFF - but for coloured people. LMAO.
 

jdido87

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Lots of blaming and pitty-patty finger pointing but sweet fark-all said about how the Good party aims to fix it all..
Most of the stuff highlighted in his article actually to be blamed on the ANC but hey let's point fingers at the DA to see they can win over some DA voters.

The Good Party...where they will fight poverty by expecting miracles and money to fall from the sky. Just another EFF - but for coloured people. LMAO.
Go read their manifesto. I am sure you won't like it as it is mostly about spatial justice and redress. A topic the DA avoids like the plague unless they need to dump more people in the Cape Flats or the outskirts of the City as they did in apartheid.
 

crocopede

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Shame. Come live in a mining town. We had roads, roads got too potholey, so just scraped the tarmac off. Whala, No roads, no potholes.

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I like this, he is telling it like it is.
Well, his version anyway and I agree on the points around sewage (although it is hugely difficult to sewer informal settlements in flat areas and facing ongoing theft and vandalism). Quite a sly fellow though with a good few digs about "housing"; completely ignoring that this is a tug of war between the ANC and the DA regarding land for housing; not the DA only.

He also carefully avoids safety and security, largely a national function and arguably the greatest deterrent to a decent life for children and the elderly at least.
 

dielaksman

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Would love to know what portion of the MP population are contributing to the tax pool that will obviously fund service delivery.
 

jdido87

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Would love to know what portion of the MP population are contributing to the tax pool that will obviously fund service delivery.
This is a ignorant question because it automatically assumes all people in MP do not pay rates and taxes which cannot be further from the truth.

You asking a pointless question as well because all rates paid goes into one pot.
 

Vrotappel

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Sounds like Witbank/Middleburg areas?
Many such areas in SA. Destroyed by the ANC. So damaged that most political parties don't even campaign there anymore. Impossible to save.

The people will eventually move to the DA Metros Hell parts and moan about service delivery.

Once enough of them have moved into these parts the ANC will take over and utterly destroy these Metros as well. Equality achieved.
 

dielaksman

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This is a ignorant question because it automatically assumes all people in MP do not pay rates and taxes which cannot be further from the truth.

You asking a pointless question as well because all rates paid goes into one pot.
Not really, and I meant tax as in income tax/VAT etc. Even if the rates goes into one pot as you say, would it not make sense that the people that contribute the most to that pot should get the biggest share of what it "buys"?

Are you one of the people that rocks up at a braai with 2 chicken wings and the eats someone else's steak, because you also put some meat on the braai?
 

The Trutherizer

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I'm actually referring mostly to the mayoral debate video within that article...

A: Mitchells Plain include Beacon Valley, Eastridge, Lentegeur, London Village, Lost City, New Tafelsig, Portlands (eastern suburbs) and Bayview, Colorado, Pelikan Heights, Rondevlei, Strandfontein, Wavecrest, Weltevreden Glen, Westridge, also West Gate (western suburbs). It's almost pointless to talk about it as a single neighbourhood. Not all parts of Mitchell's plain can even be called poor. Some parts are fairly posh.

B: Organised Crime is the #1 problem in parts of Mitchells Plain

C: Spatial integration, potholes, street signs, even service delivery, warra-warra... None will allow real change for the poorest as long as the organised crime is not tackled. ALL of that is more possible to address, and keep, with organised crime effectively combated.

By and large the people of the various neighbourhoods of Mitchells Plain are good people. Many of them under siege by organised crime. Get the organised crime out of the area, and you have 1000s of businesses salivating to invest there. Open offices/shops/workshops/etc there. Jobs and all the goodies. Now I'm no Randyan freak, but such is arguably the way to improve those areas. As a dev I've, over the years, worked with dozens of talented developers from Mitchell's Plain. Many of them can afford to live anywhere in Cape Town. Many of those still wish to live in Mitchell's Plain, to stay near their family, cultural reasons, nostalgia, whatever. It is a gross oversimplification to say more affordable housing elsewhere is the golden bullet everybody in Mitchells Plain need and desire. It would of course be a desirable for many. Of course. But Mitchells Plain, and most who live there, would wish to see the entire area improved. Which is the real correct Democratic approach. Which would include affordable, good quality housing there, including adequate service delivery - There.

What's 5 or 10 or 20 affordable housing projects elsewhere going to do for the people of the various areas of Mitchells Plain? A drop in the bucket. All that affordable housing will obviously not even be reserved for people from Mitchell's plain. You'll see people from everywhere, including overseas, and even wealthy investors, and of course a smattering of connected ANC cadres grab up units in such developments. If the developments are located on desirable land, close to amenities and opportunities, then within a decade or two, those developments will be expensive. It's literally resources not invested in Mitchells Plain. But sold under the auspices, in this case, of being exclusively in the interest of the people of Mitchells Plain.

Real change for the people of the various areas of Mitchells Plain which really needs help, means real change to Mitchells Plain. And that starts with the organised crime issues. Although of course it does not end there.
 
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MightyQuin

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Go read their manifesto. I am sure you won't like it as it is mostly about spatial justice and redress. A topic the DA avoids like the plague unless they need to dump more people in the Cape Flats or the outskirts of the City as they did in apartheid.
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