2016 Govan Mbeki Award Nomination

AUGUST 16, 2016

The George Municipal Directorate for Human Settlements, Land Affairs and Planning has done it again! Following a Western Cape and subsequently, overall National win in 2014 for the Best Informal Settlement Upgraded Project, the directorate has once again been nominated for the Western Cape 2016 Govan Mbeki Human Settlements Award.

The first nomination is for the Uniondale Housing Project as Best Enhanced Peoples Housing Process Project which was made possible by funding provided by the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements. This project has a total value of R25 million and will eventually when completed provide 183 housing opportunities built according to the new minimum norms and standards of the provincial Department of Human Settlements (DoHS). Two different show houses were built, the one with cement blocks and the other with maxi clay brick building. Both house options include a 100 liter geyser and a kitchen cupboard with a sink,  two bedrooms, a bathroom with bath and face basin and an open plan living area with a kitchen.

The second nomination is for the Haarlem Farm Worker housing project which was a collaborative project between HAS Consultancy, Provincial DoHS) and George Municipality, appointed as accounts administrator and to ensure quality control with the Provincial DoHS as well as the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). A total of 20 houses have been built and handed over to the beneficiaries with only the electrical connections remaining to be installed.

The total value of the project equates to nearly R5 million with the landowners Strydom Landgoed and Witteberg providing the bulk of the funding.

Director, Human Settlements, Land Affairs and Planning, Mr Steven Erasmus is proud of the nominations and said that they reflect the quality of human settlement delivery provided by the George Municipality.

As part of the adjudication process, a team from province visited the two projects in late July. The contest is a part of the annual Govan Mbeki Awards which showcases best practice in the human settlements sector, creates healthy competition and is used as a monitoring tool to ensure delivery. The awards provide motivation to all stakeholders in the Human Settlements sphere and honour the role players in the housing value chain including building contractors, the banking sector, community based organisations and building material suppliers that have committed to partner with government in building sustainable human settlements.

The awards were named after Govan Mbeki in 2006 based on the role he played in human settlements of partnering with key stakeholders in order to continue building a nation free of inequality.