12 April 2019

South Africa: Alexandra Renewal Project - Search for the Missing R1.6 Billion


As the politicking around service delivery in Alexandra went up a notch with the visit to the area of President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, the Alexandra Renewal Project and the R1.6bn allocated to it have come under renewed focus. This week both the City of Johannesburg and the Gauteng provincial government announced probes into the project.

Ask anyone you come across in Alexandra what the Alexandra Renewal Project has brought to the area and you are likely to be met with a shrug of the shoulders. The more vocal residents will tell you that the money allocated for the project has been "stolen".

After an outbreak of protests in the area over the past two weeks in connection with inadequate housing, crime and poor service delivery, the spending and promised development that should have come with the project have come under the spotlight.

The Alexandra Renewal Project was aimed at changing the physical, economic and social environment of Alexandra and was billed as a joint urban regeneration project involving the local, provincial and national government as well as the private sector, non-government and community-based organisations. But since its launch in 2001, precious little appears to have been delivered.

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