The triple awards that the Human Settlements Branch of the North West Department of Human Settlements and Public Safety & Liaison scooped at the 2013 Govan Mbeki Housing Awards should give hope to the homeless and dispel doubt about the commitment of the provincial government to improve the quality of the lives of the people in the province – North West Premier Thandi Modise.
In acknowledging the Best Woman contractor award that was scooped by, Best Enhanced Peoples Housing Project and the biggest and main award that were conferred on the department at Gallagher Estate in Gauteng on Thursday night, Premier Modise said that the prestigious awards represent the legacy of Govan Mbeki and what he stood for therefore the achievement should spur all departments in our administration to overcome service delivery challenges and strive for excellence.
Best Woman Contractor in the country was awarded to L& R Welding and Tools Suppliers for housing development project in Manthe and Tlapeng in Taung while the Best Enhanced Peoples Housing Project awarded to Tlhabangani Trade Enterprise was in recognition of the sterling work on the housing development in Welverdien and Ga-Motlatla
“We commend MEC Maloyi, Human Settlement stakeholders, all contractors and employees of his department who through their tireless effort contributed towards the province delivering 14331 housing units and being declared the best performing province in housing delivery across the country during the 2012/2013 financial year,” highlighted Modise .
The Premier said that she is confident that the department will use its R1.4 billion allocation for the current financial year to meet its target of building 15 000 new housing units with access to clean water and decent sanitation.
The Provincial government has in line with President Jacob Zuma’s commitment made during his State of the Nation Address allocated R27 million for the implementation of the Financial Linked Individual Subsidy Programme in Seraleng within the Rustenburg Local Municipality.
The money allocated for the programme is intended to assist the homeless who earn too much to qualify for low cost housing and earn too little to qualify for bond stock.