Provincial department sweeps housing awards
THE Western Cape Department of Human Settlements scooped Best Performing Province of the Year at the Govan Mbeki Housing Awards, held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, near Johannesburg.
The awards honour cities and provinces for delivering housing and basic services to communities.
The department, under MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, was also a victor in the Best Social Housing Project category for its Belhar Gardens CBD housing project, and was a runner-up in three categories: Best Integrated Residential Development, for its Jamestown project in Stellenbosch; Best Enhanced People’s Housing Process, for its Ocean View and Vision 2002 project; and Best Informal Settlements Upgraded Project, for the Rosevalley informal settlement in Oudtshoorn.
The Govan Mbeki Awards ceremony was started in 2006 to encourage excellence among government departments in delivering housing and upgrading informal settlements.
The provinces were given the awards based on meeting their targets in providing houses and basic services.
They were also judged on how much they had improved access to social services and economic opportunities, and qualifying beneficiaries received available financial help.
“During the 2016/17 financial year, the department, for a third consecutive year, exceeded its housing opportunity targets by delivering 19 829, against a target of 19 664.
“Over the last three years, the department delivered 55 482 opportunities, against a target of 53 359,” said the DA Western Cape spokesperson on human settlements, Maseko Matlhodi.