The New Honda CR-V is a recipe for suc­cess

Public Sector Manager - - Contents - Tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion from Honda SA.

The fourth-gen­er­a­tion Honda CR-V is the world’s best-sell­ing SUV with cu­mu­la­tive global sales of nine mil­lion units in more than 150 coun­tries. And it’s not dif­fi­cult to see why, as Honda has al­ways been known for pro­duc­ing high qual­ity prod­ucts with an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity.

Mak­ing its South African de­but, the all-new fifth-gen­er­a­tion CR-V is set to ex­tend that suc­cess even fur­ther.The lat­est ver­sion is the most ad­vanced, spa­cious and so­phis­ti­cated it­er­a­tion of the pop­u­lar com­pact SUV to date.

From a lo­cal per­spec­tive, it builds on a suc­cess­ful track record stretch­ing back over more than 20 years, when the CR-V pi­o­neered the com­pact SUV sec­tor in South Africa.

Strik­ing design

Com­pletely re­designed and re-en­gi­neered from the ground up, the Honda CR-V fea­tures a strik­ing ex­te­rior design and a more spa­cious, qui­eter cabin with ex­tended rear legroom and an ex­panded cargo com­part­ment.As has be­come the Honda norm, the lat­est CR-V’s pric­ing adopts an all-in­clu­sive strat­egy, en­sur­ing strong value too.

The cabin ex­e­cu­tion is even smarter than be­fore, with en­hanced er­gonomics and ma­te­ri­als, while ease of en­try and exit is the best in the class.The CRV’s two-mode floor al­lows the in­te­rior to be con­fig­ured in a va­ri­ety of ways to re­flect in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments. In addition, the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems have been up­graded with ex­tended func­tion­al­ity.

The driv­e­train of­fer­ing in­cludes the op­tion of a high-ef­fi­ciency tur­bocharged en­gine for the first time in the CR-V. The four-cylin­der, forced-in­duc­tion en­gine de­liv­ers ex­cep­tional power and torque out­put across a broad

rev range, ben­e­fit­ing per­for­mance and tractabil­ity, while also achiev­ing im­pres­sive econ­omy fig­ures.

The new CR-V is based on a com­pletely new plat­form ar­chi­tec­ture, al­low­ing the new­comer to achieve sig­nif­i­cant gains in over­all ride qual­ity and re­fine­ment, as well as crisper steer­ing re­sponse, en­hanced ride com­fort, and more com­posed han­dling.The re­sult is a ve­hi­cle that’s more pol­ished and more en­gag­ing to drive.

Make room

The Honda CR-V boasts a cabin that is sig­nif­i­cantly more spa­cious, thanks to an in­crease in the wheel­base, as well as wider front and rear tracks.The re­sult is a mean­ing­ful in­crease in to­tal in­te­rior vol­ume.

Rear pas­sen­ger legroom has been boosted by a full nine cen­time­tre, and there is more shoul­der room both in the front and rear.The 60/40 split rear bench seat can be folded flat to ex­pand cargo ca­pac­ity, cre­at­ing a com­pletely flat load­ing floor in the process.

The Honda CR-V is of­fered with a choice of two driv­e­trains.The 2.0 Com­fort and 2.0 Ele­gance mod­els are pow­ered by a re­fined ver­sion of the 2.0-litre four-cylin­der i-VTEC petrol en­gine em­ployed in the pre­vi­ous CR-V.

The nor­mally as­pi­rated unit is equipped with vari­able valve tim­ing and pro­grammed fuel in­jec­tion, and has a rated max­i­mum power out­put of 113kW at 6 500 r/min, com­bined with a torque peak of

189 Nm at 4 300 r/min.

The 1 997cc en­gine is linked to Honda’s highly re­garded Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Trans­mis­sion (CVT) with G-Shift con­trol logic, which pro­vides all the con­ve­nience of an au­to­matic gear­box, but op­ti­mises the drive ra­tio for the par­tic­u­lar driv­ing cir­cum­stances.The gear­box also of­fers pre-set steps for man­ual se­lec­tion. Drive is to the front wheels.

Break­ing new ground

The 1.5T Ex­ec­u­tive and 1.5T Ex­clu­sive mod­els break new ground for the CR-V by of­fer­ing tur­bocharged power for the first time.The 1 498cc turbo en­gine is equipped with pro­grammed, di­rect fuel in­jec­tion, vari­able valve tim­ing to de­liver 140/kW of max­i­mum power at 5 600 r/min, to­gether with 240Nm of max­i­mum torque in a broad band be­tween 2 000 and 5 000 r/min.

The new turbo en­gine is ac­com­pa­nied by Honda’s CVT gear­box, but is linked to an in­tel­li­gent Real Time AWD sys­tem that seam­lessly trans­fers power from the front to the rear wheels when ad­di­tional trac­tion is re­quired.

The all-wheel drive sys­tem de­liv­ers the ef­fi­ciency and econ­omy of front-wheel drive on nor­mal sur­faces, but of­fers ad­di­tional trac­tion, com­po­sure and peace of mind when trav­el­ling on com­pro­mised sur­faces such as wet roads or gravel tracks.

The Honda CR-V range con­sists of four mod­els, com­pris­ing a choice of two en­gines and four spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els. All four mod­els fea­ture Honda’s lat­est-gen­er­a­tion CVT. There is also a choice of front-wheel drive and in­tel­li­gent all-wheel drive.

It is good to see Honda mov­ing away from the fuddy-duddy and some­times quirky de­signs of the past by of­fer­ing a design lan­guage that is able to take the fight to the es­tab­lished ri­vals.

The Na­tional Devel­op­ment Plan (NDP) has man­dated the Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments to pro­vide ad­e­quate hous­ing and in­te­grated hu­man set­tle­ments to el­i­gi­ble ben­e­fi­cia­ries. What progress have you made on this front? The Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments’ Medium Term Strate­gic Frame­work (MTSF) ad­dresses the re­quire­ments of the NDP by en­sur­ing that poor house­holds have ad­e­quate hous­ing in well lo­cated land; sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of a res­i­den­tial prop­erty mar­ket that is func­tional and eq­ui­table and en­hanc­ing in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity im­prove­ments so as to ad­dress spa­tial in­te­grat­ing tar­get­ing. In 2014 the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil [EXCO] ap­proved the Mpumalanga Hu­man Set­tle­ments Mas­ter Plan, which serves as a guid­ing frame­work in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Sus­tain­able In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ments dur­ing the cur­rent MTSF pe­riod. In line with the Mas­ter Plan, the depart­ment has de­liv­ered 49 959 hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and is­sued 24 794 ti­tle deeds dur­ing the MTSF pe­riod, which started in 2014. Th­ese have been achieved through the var­i­ous hous­ing pol­icy in­stru­ments such as the (1) In­te­grated Res­i­den­tial Devel­op­ment [IRDP]; (2) en­hanced Peo­ple Hous­ing Process [ePHP]; (3) Com­mu­nity Res­i­den­tial Units [CRUs]; (4) So­cial Hous­ing; (5) Fi­nance Linked In­di­vid­ual Sub­sidy Pro­gramme [FLISP]; (6) Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans Pro­gramme and (7) In­for­mal Set­tle­ments Up­grad­ing Pro­gramme [UISP] – Ser­viced Sites. The depart­ment has been able to al­lo­cate most of the hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in in­te­grated hu­man set­tle­ments such as Tek­wane South Ex­ten­sion 2; Tek­wane North Ex­ten­sion 1; Emjin­dini Ex­ten­sions 16, 17 and 18; Stander­ton Ex­ten­sion 8; Wes­sel­ton Ex­ten­tion 7; Mashish­ing Ex­ten­tions 6 and 8 and Sa­bie Ex­ten­sion 10; Siyan­qoba Hous­ing Devel­op­ment; Du­vha Park; Rock­dale North; KwaZamokuhle; and Siy­athuthuka. With October be­ing Hu­man Set­tle­ments Month, how will Mpumalanga’s Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments cel­e­brate this aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion? There are few pro­ject hand-overs planned for the month, mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions ac­tiv­i­ties through var­i­ous me­dia plat­forms and out­reach pro­grammes. We will con­tinue with our monthly ra­dio talk shows, mar­ket­ing pro­grammes and pub­lic re­la­tions ex­er­cises such as hand­ing over of mil­i­tary vet­er­ans’ projects, vis­its to projects cur­rently un­der­way and we will also part­ner with stake­hold­ers to sup­port them in their so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially for the most vul­ner­a­ble groups in so­ci­ety such as women, child-headed house­holds, or­phans and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. There is a new no­tice­able tra­jec­tory in the re­al­i­sa­tion of in­te­grated and struc­tured devel­op­ment in Mpumalanga. To what do you at­tribute the depart­ment’s suc­cess and can you iden­tify some of those suc­cesses? High num­bers of houses de­liv­ered within a set pe­riod is con­strued as good per­for­mance, yet the re­spon­sive nature and qual­ity of houses built (which or­di­nar­ily trans­lates to qual­ity of life) is less at­tended to; this at the ex­pense of house­holds meant to ben­e­fit in all govern­ment de­vel­op­men­tal ini­tia­tives. Con­trary to the cur­rent norms and stan­dards, role play­ers across all spheres of govern­ment in gen­eral tend to mon­i­tor set tar­gets – not qual­ity nor pre-deter­mined govern­ment ob­jec­tives in as far as the cre­ation of sus­tain­able hu­man set­tle­ments.

What was of fun­da­men­tal im­por­tance was the es­tab­lish­ment of an ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery of hu­man set­tle­ments devel­op­ment value chain in Mpumalanga Prov­ince and en­sur­ing that ac­count­abil­ity, mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion tools are used to en­sure that the ap­pointed ser­vice providers de­liver qual­ity houses in par­tic­u­lar and in the process meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the needy house­holds and most vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens in gen­eral. There are sev­eral new and ex­cit­ing hous­ing and set­tle­ment projects cur­rently in the pipe­line for the depart­ment. What are th­ese?

In Eh­lanzeni Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal Area, th­ese are: 1. Hillsview In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – City of

Mbombela Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

2. Rockys Drift In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment (Ding­well

and Msholozi) – City of Mbombela Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity; 3. Mataf­fin Precinct In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – City

of Mbombela Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

4. Mje­jane and Mje­jane Ex­ten­sion 1 In­te­grated Hu­man

Set­tle­ment – Nko­mazi Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

5. KaMh­lushwa In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Nko­mazi

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

6. Le­humo In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Bush­buck­ridge

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

7. Burling­ton In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment –

Bush­buck­ridge Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

8. Rooy­bok­laagte In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment –

Bush­buck­ridge Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

9. Lil­ly­dale In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Bush­buck­ridge

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity; and

10.Ku­mana In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Bush­buck­ridge

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

In Gert Sibande Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal Area, th­ese are: 1. Zondag­fontein and Land­verwacht 282 IS In­te­grated

Hu­man Set­tle­ments – Go­van Mbeki Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity; 2. Ri­et­spruit In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Msukaligwa

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

3. Ekuthu­leni In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Go­van Mbeki

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

4. Kem­pville Ex­ten­sion 2 In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment –

Mkhondo Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

5. Piet Retief Ex­ten­sion 7 In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment –

Mkhondo Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

6. Grootvlei In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Di­paliseng

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

7. Am­s­ter­dam In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Mkhondo

Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity; 8. Vukuza­khe In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Dr Pix­ley Ka

Isaka Seme Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

9. Perdekop In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Dr Pix­ley Ka

Isaka Seme Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity;

10. Amos­fort In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Dr Pix­ley Ka

Isaka Seme Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity; and

11. Wakker­stroom In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Dr Pix­ley

Ka Isaka Seme Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

In Nkan­gala Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal Area, th­ese are: 1. Klar­inet Phase 2 In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment –

eMalahleni Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity [CAT­ALYTIC PRO­JECT] 2. Ron­de­bosch In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment – Steve

Tsh­wete Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

3. Naauw­poort In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment –

eMalahleni Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. A fo­rum to ad­dress the pro­lif­er­a­tion of in­for­mal set­tle­ments in Mpumalanga was re­cently es­tab­lished, sup­ple­mented by a coun­try­wide road­show. What in­ter­est­ing find­ings emerged from the fo­rum, and has it helped peo­ple un­der­stand your bid to fa­cil­i­tate struc­tured devel­op­ment? The prov­ince needs to de­velop a Provin­cial In­for­mal Set­tle­ments Strat­egy and each mu­nic­i­pal­ity needs to de­velop its own strat­egy cov­er­ing the en­tire mu­nic­i­pal­ity in or­der to ad­e­quately deal with the ever in­creas­ing chal­lenges of mush­room­ing of in­for­mal set­tle­ments. The min­ing sec­tor in­di­rectly con­trib­utes to­wards the mush­room­ing of in­for­mal set­tle­ments and needs to be en­gaged as part of the cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­trib­ute to­wards the devel­op­ment of hu­man set­tle­ments for their em­ploy­ees in line with the Min­ing Char­ter. The fo­rum must meet once per quar­ter and in that way as­sist mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to bet­ter un­der­stand and learn best prac­tices from other prov­inces on how they deal with the preven­tion and up­grad­ing of in­for­mal set­tle­ments. What are some of the more im­me­di­ate chal­lenges that the Mpumalanga Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments is fac­ing? 1. Mush­room­ing of in­for­mal set­tle­ments in some min­ing towns,

2. Un­avail­abil­ity of bulk in­fra­struc­ture af­fect­ing speedy de­liv­ery of in­te­grated hu­man set­tle­ments,

3. Land in­va­sions in un­planned ar­eas that are sus­cep­ti­ble to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and land parcels ear­marked for other so­cio-eco­nomic fa­cil­i­ties, and

4. Il­le­gal in­va­sion of hu­man set­tle­ments by those in need for hous­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties closer to ar­eas of work.

How im­por­tant is the pri­vate sec­tor and busi­ness com­mu­nity’s con­tri­bu­tion to the depart­ment? And have you man­aged to es­tab­lish suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships with the pri­vate sec­tor? The depart­ment and lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have con­cluded agree­ments with a num­ber of pri­vate en­ti­ties wherein par­ties to the con­tracts are in­volved in the cre­ation of In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ments.

The part­ner­ships in this re­gard en­tail the fol­low­ing: 1. Town­ship es­tab­lish­ment pro­cesses;

2. Ser­vic­ing of sites; and

3. Con­struc­tion of in­di­vid­ual hous­ing units com­pris­ing of

dif­fer­ent hous­ing ty­polo­gies. In this re­gard, the ex­tent of part­ner­ships en­tails amongst other com­po­nents town­ship es­tab­lish­ment and ser­vic­ing of sites on pub­licly owned land, con­struc­tion of top struc­tures and ser­viced sites that are fully funded by the min­ing houses and pri­vate en­ti­ties such as SASOL Pty Ltd and MIB Pty Ltd in Go­van Mbeki Mu­nic­i­pal area as well as EXXARO Coal Min­ing Com­pany and SOUTH32 Coal Min­ing Com­pany in both eMalahleni and Steve Tsh­wete Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. What pro­cesses does the depart­ment have in place to en­sure ef­fec­tive pro­ject im­ple­men­ta­tion? In the path to suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery of in­te­grated hu­man set­tle­ments, the depart­ment has been suc­cess­ful in es­tab­lish­ing and af­firm­ing its role in en­sur­ing ac­cess to ad­e­quate hous­ing. The fol­low­ing is­sues are con­sid­ered crit­i­cal, there­fore re­quir­ing the at­ten­tion of the sec­tor and nec­es­sary to en­sure ef­fec­tive pro­ject im­ple­men­ta­tion: 1. The or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­tures across all spheres in the sec­tor ought to be re­struc­tured and suit­ably qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als need to be re­cruited. 2. Houses may be re­ported as hav­ing been built whilst they are not [due to the lack of ac­count­abil­ity, and pure cor­rup­tion] and in other in­stances the qual­ity of houses tend to be poor and sub­stan­dard in nature, due to lack of mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion. 3. The need for the de­vo­lu­tion of the hu­man set­tle­ment man­date to the lo­cal sphere of govern­ment re­mains a de­cid­ing fac­tor in the cre­ation of in­te­grated sus­tain­able hu­man set­tle­ments. 4. Qual­ity of the houses ver­sus en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity. Houses ought to be built in ar­eas where neg­a­tive devel­op­ment is­sues such as in­ad­e­quate lev­els of bulk in­fra­struc­ture, sewer spillages, and poor road in­fra­struc­ture con­di­tions have been ad­e­quately ad­dressed.

5. En­hanced work­ing re­la­tions be­tween hu­man set­tle­ments de­part­ments and sup­port in­sti­tu­tions such as, amongst oth­ers, the NHBRC and the HDA is of para­mount im­por­tance.

6. Sup­port in­sti­tu­tions should be en­cour­aged in terms of pro­vid­ing ser­vices rang­ing from war­ranty pro­tec­tion and reg­u­lat­ing the in­dus­try to act­ing as the im­ple­ment­ing agents in re­lated place mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as pro­ject man­age­ment, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, ac­qui­si­tion and devel­op­ment of land for var­i­ous hu­man set­tle­ments re­lated pur­poses.

7. Spa­tial plan­ning is one of the key in­stru­ments es­sen­tial in bring­ing about the de­sired change in the cre­ation of sus­tain­able hu­man set­tle­ments.

8. Mea­sur­ing sus­tain­able ur­ban devel­op­ment is es­sen­tial in sup­port­ing the for­mu­la­tion of trans­for­ma­tive in­ter­ven­tions aimed at sus­tain­abil­ity and shared pros­per­ity.

9. Strength­en­ing mu­nic­i­pal fi­nance is con­sid­ered just as im­por­tant in ad­dress­ing and re­spond­ing to the govern­ment pri­or­i­ties in a man­ner that re­lates to what needy house­holds ex­pect from the govern­ment. Tech­nol­ogy is rapidly chang­ing the way the world op­er­ates. How are you en­sur­ing a fu­ture-fit Mpumalanga Depart­ment of Hu­man Set­tle­ments? The depart­ment uses tools such as the Geo­graphic In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GIS) to vi­su­alise, plan, an­a­lyse, re­port and mon­i­tor progress on the ground. The depart­ment is cur­rently in the process of im­ple­ment­ing an en­ter­prise GIS so­lu­tion to cen­tralise in­for­ma­tion and make it ac­ces­si­ble through an on­line por­tal.

A govern­ment sub­sidised house at Eluk­wa­tini, Chief Al­bert Luthuli Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans’ houses de­liv­ered at Siyan­qoba BNG Pro­ject

MEC Speedy Mashilo and Go­van Mbeki Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor, Cllr Flora Maboa-Bolt­man hand­ing over a house to a ben­e­fi­ciary

Look­ing good from all an­gles, the Honda CR-V now has the go to match the show.

A sump­tu­ous in­te­rior com­ple­ments the el­e­gant in­te­rior.

MEC Mashilo hand­ing over a ti­tle deed to a ben­e­fi­ciary at Vic­tor Khanye Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

Com­mu­nity Res­i­den­tial Units (CRU) at Emthon­jeni, Emak­hazeni Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

Klar­inet In­te­grated Hu­man Set­tle­ment, eMalahleni

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