Much development in northern areas

ENTHUSIASTIC RESIDENTS: ANC supporters gather outside the revamped Gelvandale Magistrate's Court at its official opening. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE
ENTHUSIASTIC RESIDENTS: ANC supporters gather outside the revamped Gelvandale Magistrate’s Court at its official opening. Picture: EUGENE COETZEE

RESPONDING to the report quoting Cedric Human in The Herald dated April 25 (“‘Coloureds forgotten'”), it is clear Human is completely oblivious to what’s happening around him. For Human to say that nothing has happened in Helenvale since 1964 is ludicrous, to say the least.

On Wednesday April 23 the northern areas celebrated the opening of the revamped court to the tune of close to R40-million. The government was bringing much needed services closer to the people.

The Helenvale resource centre, a state of the art building, was also recently opened, costing millions of rand. The government has spend far beyond R100-million in Helenvale since 1994.

The current government has spent far more in Helenvale in 20 years than the apartheid government spent in its entire governance. I want to remind Human that it is this government that gave all the home owners of Helenvale their title deeds, making them property owners.

Furthermore to say that no development has taken place in the northern areas is absurd, to say the least. Since the current government took over in 1994 unprecedented development has taken place in the northern areas.

Government offices such as social development, Sassa and home affairs have been brought closer to the people, and have service offices in the northern areas. The development and improvement of sports fields, roads, schools and other infrastructure has cost the government more than R1-billion in 20 years.

For Human to say that there was no development in 20 years is foolhardy. Perhaps he was not living in Port Elizabeth all these years.

I do believe the government has much to do in terms of equity in the workplace, especially in government departments and business development and opportunities for coloured people.

ANC metro councillor Lawrence Troon, Aspen Heights, Port Elizabeth

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