Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Alex residents 'sick and tired' of shack life

Unhappy Alexandra residents will embark on a march to the Gauteng premier's offices this week to seek his intervention on the lack of delivery from the township's refurbishment programme.

The residents will also hand over a memorandum to MEC for Housing Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday before heading to Mbhazima Shilowa's office.

Most of the township's population of more than 300 000 are still staying in shacks with no proper sanitation facilities, despite the launch of the R1,3-billion Alexandra Renewal Programme (ARP) four years ago.

'Children are dying because of the unhygienic environment that they are brought up in'When it was launched by President Thabo Mbeki in 2001 - as one of eight national urban-renewal initiatives - the ARP promised to give the township a complete revamp, and residents' hopes for a better life were raised...

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