Tommy Milakovic, Oakdale Watch Chairman
The new budget draft is an improvement, but our concerns in Oakdale are that there are a lot of folk living on the breadline, especially the elderly (“City budget passed”, Northern News, June 7).
With all the recent increases across the board, whether we speak for instance about fuel or VAT, folks have no idea where to save anymore.
If we look around across the Western Cape in the last couple of years there has been a drastic increase in the homeless.
Yes there are many social factors that contributed to this, but we have to ask the question how many have landed up on the streets due to not being able to cope with the financial burdens imposed on them?
Therefore once the new budget is implemented it will compound the sorry state a lot of people find themselves in.
There is a grave possibility this all may lead to an increase in the “indigent” category as the City of Cape Town likes to call it.
Yes, we understand the City needs to drastically improve infrastructure and the current water crisis has not helped.
It is caught between a rock and a hard place. But bear in mind that you can ask anyone that has travelled across the country, the Western Cape still is in good shape in comparison.
We do, however, need to realise that the more financial burdens are placed on communities the more you will seen an increase in crime and domestic disputes, which may well push more people onto the streets.
This, of course, leads to more pressure and more of a burden on the City’s shoulders leading to it asking for more money. We then could land up in a never-ending cycle.