Pro­vin­cial depart­ment sweeps hous­ing awards

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Okuhle Hlati

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.

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