Laboria Park, Pelikan Park, Acacia Park

In diens van staat en regering.   Sekere dienste word gesubsidieer deur die regering en ons belastings.  Alles word reeds gedeeltelik vir hierdie 3 parlementere dorpies betaal.   Daar is beveiliging in plek, gemeubileerde wonings/woonstelle, dienste en ook busvervoer na en van werk (na Kaapstad middestad).   Meer as wat enige werker kan vra gerieflik hou die busse naby die huise stil vir op en aflaai.    Daar is meer as gewone geriewe en ekstra vir ontspanning in die drie dorpies beskikbaar.

The parliamentary villages house Members of Parliament in Cape Town (and officials) when they attend committee meetings and sittings within the parliamentary precinct during the year.   More background information and legislation also included.
Pelican, Acacia en Laboria park (parliamentary sessions)


Cabinet ministers and their deputies, who each earn up to R2.4 m a year and are tasked with driving the government’s user-pay principle, are failing to keep up with relatively cheap rentals for their lavish ministerial homes.
MP’s and Ministgers/deputies failed to pay their subsidized rent


Akasiapark was vir jare voor 1994 ook die parlementere dorpie waar parlementariers gebly het, ook onder minimum voorwaardes, maar elkeen werksaam gedurende sessiediens, moes betaal vir hul woning en busdiens en gerief.    Daar was nooit gratis behuising verskaf nie.

Daar was voor 1994 een gemeenskaplike amptelike voertuigeenheid vir alle staatsdepartemente en minsiters hierby ingesluit, waar amptenare daarvan gebruik kon gemaak het vir amptelike doeleindes.   (GG motors)    Daar was ook slegs een groot voertuigeenheid waar onderhoud van staatsvoertuie gedoen is.    Daar is vooraf besprekings gedoen om amptelik ‘n voertuig te gebruik.   Baie munisipaliteite het vandag steeds sulke stelsels in plek en kan baie luukshede uitgeskakel word.

Die inwoners hier is gewone staatsdiensamptenare, niks spesiaal of beter as ander nie.   Wonings is nie luuks gewees nie, maar ‘n plek om te bly.  Natuurlik is veiligheid opgeknap na 1994 soos die res van die land.   Meeste van die tyd is hierdie huise net gebruik as die parlement in sitting is, so dus kan daar nie sprake wees van enige luukshede wees nie, behalwe as dit self aangeskaf word.


Acacia Park, one of three areas, where parliamentarians reside during Parliamentary sessions, is an old military base dating from the Second World War era.   The military sleeping messes were remodelled into houses following the war in 1948 and have since, been used for parliamentary services.   Not luxurious at all, because it was a second house for most of the people that work during sessions.



16 October 2019 – To enter, you must either live there or have an appointment. Gated and fenced communities may be nothing unusual in South African suburbia, but this one is somewhat different in that its huge entrance gates, situated close to the power station roughly opposite Canal Walk on your left as you hurtle or crawl towards Cape Town on the N1, are operated by the state.

Houses of different sizes, each with a large number on the wall, dot the landscape, but whoever planned the outlay and numbering must have been smoking something which, until very recently, was illegal. The general chaos is not helped by the fact that there is not a single straight road – it is one circular street after another, with nooks and crannies to boot. If you ever need to visit anyone in Acacia Park, be sure to have very specific directions on how to get to their houses.

The place is by no means luxurious. It is adequate and impersonal. It boasts a communal swimming pool and some other low-octane recreational options, like braai spots. The lawns are mowed and the houses are maintained, but it is sad in the way socialist East German efforts at emulating the West was sad – there is nothing that resembles any sense of enterprise whatsoever.

Many of the homes are two-bedroomed, fitted with basic furniture and accessories like televisions and microwave ovens. It is a house, but it is not a home. It is adequate, but dullness personified. Actually, it is downright depressing.

The system of having three parliamentary villages in Cape Town for the use of MPs and officials is in the news again this week after public works and infrastructure minister Patricia de Lille revealed it has cost the South African taxpayer R744 million over the last ten years.

She was replying to a question by DA MP Willem Faber, who also asked her whether she would look at the possibility of introducing a housing allowance for MPs instead of the current system. MPs and officials pay a nominal rent to live there.

The three parliamentary villages are Laboria Park and Pelikan Park (both situated in the Cape Town southern suburbs) and Acacia Park, situated in Goodwood. The costs incurred include daily bus transport between the villages and parliament, water, electricity, rates and taxes, village management, construction of new buildings, maintenance of buildings, purchasing of new furniture and appliances, and employment of departmental staff to run the villages.

The bus transport costs alone came to more than R74 million, with rates, taxes, water and electricity for the three villages contributing a whopping R112 million. Departmental staff salaries cost the taxpayer a further R21 million and the new access buildings to the villages contributed R35 million.

Maintenance costs were R462 million whereas new furniture and appliances to the tune of more than R37 million was purchased.

Insofar as Faber’s proposal of a housing allowance to replace the current system is concerned, De Lille answered that her department’s responsibility was simply to provide accommodation to government departments and MPs. Any request for a housing allowance to be paid must be made to the Independent Commission for Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

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