Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
4 Mar 2021
6:00 am

Election year means politicians dangling houses as carrots

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

The disconnect in housing and jobs is most apparent in our society.

A general view of the RDP flats in Olievenhoutbosch that are being occupied before the construction has been finalised, 1 March 2021, Centurion. Picture: Jacques Nelles

South Africa has a housing crisis, but more than that, South Africa has a service delivery problem. Those elected tend to over promise and under deliver. There are RDP houses, with waiting lists from as far back as the 1990s. This is a ticking time bomb which threatens to explode. But the people who stand to have their dreams shattered are the ones who, in the end, can retaliate by withholding their vote. The disconnect in housing and jobs is most apparent in our society. The truth is that government does not create jobs, but it can incentivise business to...