Motion without Notice by Honourable Patrick Sibande on the improvement of the living conditions of our people since 1994

7 June 2011

Hon Chairperson, I hereby move without notice that the council-

Notes the enormous progress that had been made since 1994 in improving the living conditions of our communities especially in the informal settlements and rural areas throughout South Africa and the provision of infrastructure in bulk services; basic and other services, housing and etc;

Notes that such progress was made possible as a result of intervention and programmes of the ANC and it is evident and confirmed by a recent report on the research that was conducted by the Council of Scientific Industrial Research;

Acknowledges that huge backlogs still exists which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency and priority;

The announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to make an amount of R11,4m available to South Africa`s 283 municipalities as part of the municipal infrastructure grant, aimed to helping municipalities to built and/or upgrade their bulk infrastructure is therefore welcomed and calls on all municipalities to ensure that the funds are spent effectively and for the purpose that it is meant for; and

Further calls on the department and the provincial government to monitor the spending from time to time.