Depart­ment is justly proud

It can pat it­self on the back for an out­stand­ing per­for­mance in good de­liv­ery on hu­man set­tle­ments – re­ceiv­ing top awards to prove it

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - MPUMALANGA NEWS - SISANDA MADWANTSI sisan­dam@the­newage.co.za

THE Eastern Cape hu­man set­tle­ments depart­ment walked away with sev­eral top awards at the Na­tional Go­van Mbeki Awards at the Gal­lagher Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Midrand last month.

The awards serve to pro­mote and in­cul­cate a cul­ture of ex­cel­lence within the hu­man set­tle­ment sec­tor in the de­liv­ery of qual­ity hu­man set­tle­ments and dig­nity to South Africans.

Hu­man set­tle­ments spokesper­son Lwandile Sicwet­sha said the prov­ince re­ceived the best en­hanced peo­ple’s hous­ing project for Tiryville 48 in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity and best es­tab­lished woman con­trac­tor, which went out to Mavis Kianna from Mamb­hele & Son, re­spon­si­ble for the Joe Slovo West 4040 Project in the Bay.

Fur­ther­more, the best stu­dent in schol­ar­ship pro­gramme cat­e­gory was won by Ai­den Kil­ian.

“It also clinched the first run­ner­up po­si­tion as the best per­form­ing prov­ince and was also awarded sec­ond run­nerup po­si­tions for the best so­cial hous­ing project in Wil­low­dene, best in­te­grated res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment project for Dukathole 140 in Joe Gqabi and best metropoli­tan mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the year went to Buf­falo City metro,” Sicwet­sha said.

The KSD 1188 project in the King Sa­bata Dalindyebo lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity was first run­nerup for the best ru­ral project cat­e­gory.

Sicwet­sha said Uiten­hage Tiryville 48, was an en­hanced peo­ple’s hous­ing project, which is a com­mu­nity-driven project to pro­vide res­i­dents with a safe en­vi­ron­ment with ac­cess to eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and so­cial and eco­nomic fa­cil­i­ties.

“The project was built with a bud­get of more than R4.4m and is lo­cated in Uiten­hage about 45km away from Port El­iz­a­beth and con­sists of 48 spa­cious houses, each boast­ing 50m², a break­away from the stan­dard 40m².

Each house con­sists an open lounge, kitchen, two bed­rooms and bath­room and toi­let.”

The best es­tab­lished woman con­trac­tor, Kianna, is re­spon­si­ble for the Joe Slovo West

4040 Project in the

Nel­son Man­dela

Bay metro that also won at the pro­vin­cial level for the best in­for­mal set­tle­ments up­grad­ing project.

To de­liver qual­ity hu­man set­tle­ments and dig­nity to South Africans the

of depart­ment gave newly-built gov­ern­ment sub­sidised homes last month. The new homes have been built through a ru­ral hu­man set­tle­ments devel­op­ment pro­gramme that aims to erad­i­cate col­laps­ing mud struc­tures and build de­cent, safe and se­cure homes for poor house­holds in vil­lages.

He said the ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­cluded a child-headed fam­ily and an el­derly and dis­abled per­son cho­sen from the Nkan­tolo-Si­langwe hous­ing project of 1 000 units (split be­tween Nkan­tolo and Si­langwe vil­lages).

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AWARDS: The KSD 1188 project was first run­ner­up for best ru­ral project.

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