Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty hou­sing a­ward

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad -

Du­ring the re­cent Go­van M­be­ki Hu­man Sett­le­ments A­wards ce­re­mo­ny held in So­mer­set West in Au­gust, the Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty was an­noun­ced as joint win­ner with the Ci­ty of Ca­pe To­wn of the Go­van M­be­ki Hu­man Sett­le­ments A­ward - Pe­op­le’s Hou­sing Pro­ject ca­te­go­ry. Knys­na was al­so run­ner-up in the Up­gra­de of In­for­mal Sett­le­ments ca­te­go­ry for its Dam-se-Bos, Vi­si­on 2002 and Et­hem­be­ni, UISP pro­jects.

T­his is the sixth ti­me that the Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty re­cei­ves t­his ackno­w­led­ge­ment sin­ce the launch of the Go­van M­be­ki Hu­man Sett­le­ments A­wards in 2008.

The Knys­na Mu­ni­ci­pal Vi­si­on 2002 aims to up­gra­de and pro­vi­de the ne­ces­sa­ry ba­sic in­fra­struc­tu­re ci­vil ser­vi­ces and 165 low in­co­me hou­ses. Vi­si­on 2002 furt­her aims to up­gra­de ten ex­is­ting in­for­mal sett­le­ments si­tu­a­ted within Knys­na’s Nort­hern a­re­as.

The We­stern Ca­pe Pro­vin­ci­al De­part­ment of Hu­man Sett­le­ments are fun­ding the Dam­se-Bos and Et­hem­be­ni pro­jects, va­lu­ed at R 33,8 mil­li­on. To da­te t­his pro­ject has pro­vi­ded access to ba­sic ser­vi­ces to 175 si­tes, and ho­mes to 165 fa­mi­lies.

Knys­na exe­cu­ti­ve ma­yor, E­le­a­no­re Bouw-S­pies said it is a gre­at ho­nour to re­cei­ve t­his pres­ti­gi­ous a­ward on­ce a­gain. “Win­ning t­his is a­not­her tes­ti­mo­ny that our In­te­gra­ted Hu­man Sett­le­ments te­am, and its le­a­ders­hip Hou­sing Ma­na­ger, Ma­wet­hu Penxa de­di­ca­ti­on to ex­cel­len­ce has to be ap­plau­ded.

As we ha­ve pre­vi­ous­ly emp­ha­si­sed, our fo­cus as Coun­cil is not me­re­ly a­bout pro­vi­ding hou­sing, but al­so the re­sto­ra­ti­on of dig­ni­ty and buil­ding in­te­gra­ted com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

Mu­ni­ci­pal Ma­na­ger, Kam C­het­ty said ap­prox­i­ma­te­ly 95 job op­por­tu­ni­ties ha­ve been cre­a­ted through t­his hou­sing pro­ject. “Six­teen lo­cal con­trac­tors ha­ve been ap­poin­ted for the Dam-se-Bos and Et­hem­be­ni pro­jects du­ring the 2016/17 fi­nan­ci­al y­e­ar.”

From left: Actress No­buhle Mahla­se­la, Knys­na Ma­yor E­le­a­no­re Bouw-S­pies, WC Pro­vin­ci­al Mi­nis­ter of Hu­man Sett­le­ments, Bong­in­ko­si Ma­di­ki­ze­la and In­te­gra­ted Hu­man Sett­le­ments Ma­na­ger, Ma­wet­hu Penxa at the Go­van M­be­ki Hu­man Sett­le­ments A­wards ce­re­mo­ny held in So­mer­set West.

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