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More than R7-billion is due to be spent by government on revitalising and rebuilding District Six but as with so many of these large-scale infrastructure developments, it just seems to take more and more time.

As things stand the rebuilding of District Six should have started a few years back but consistent delays have seen the project start, falter, halt, start again then splutter some more.

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When the Auditor-General released a report condemning the use of “consultants” by government departments I didn’t think he was talking purely about the respected profession of a consulting engineer. After all consulting engineers play a pivotal role in all development, whether it is for the private sector, your nearest local municipality or the national government departments.

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You might like to remember Zozo township

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Maybe a group of pensioners living outside East London needs to be taken more seriously by the South African community-at-large because instead of sitting back and whingeing and whining all day, they are setting an example that thousands of other South Africans could follow – most especially the young, unemployed layabouts of our suburbs, cities and satellite townships.

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Why not use alternative building methods?

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Just about everybody even remotely involved in the construction industry is aware that the government is planning a huge roll-out of infrastructure as it sets about spending R840-billion on improving our roads, houses, townships and railways in South Africa.

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I like hearing about government plans on how they intend to spend my money and I don’t particularly object to what our Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan has outlined in his budget for the coming year.

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Some time ago the term ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ seemed to be widely used to define different business sectors.  Informal traders were those chaps selling goods on the pavements whereas formal traders had impressive shops, tax and registration certificates and a respectable infrastructure.

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The City of Johannesburg is increasing the price of electricity by 7,32% for residential and industrial consumers within its boundaries and that’s hardly surprising given the fact that inflation remains slightly above six percent anyway.  It’s not what I would call a staggering price rise.

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The City of Cape Town has plans to build a new suburban city in Melkbosstrand, 25km away from the centre of town at a cost of R140-billion over 20 years.  Once built, it will house about a million people and have all sorts of amenities to keep the people living there quite happy, contented and maybe even employed.

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How, one might ask, do you lose a building – let alone 20 000 of them?  That’s a question that a lot of people – among them mystified government officials – must be asking after Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development said that it did not know where the properties were.

Published in Housing

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So various groups, most prominently Experian, are calling for yet another credit amnesty for those fools who have walked headlong into unsecured loans from all and sundry and now find they cannot possibly pay them off.

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