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George Municipality wins again at the Govan Mbeki awards

Sep 5, 2018
George Municipality wins again at the Govan Mbeki awards

The George Municipality won two awards at the Western Cape Provincial Govan Mbeki Awards at the prestigious annual event that took place in Cape Town on Friday.

"The awards celebrate excellence in the human settlements sphere. Municipalities in the province enter their projects and compete for the best projects," said spokesperson, Chantel Edwards-klose.

She said that the Municipality received awards in two different categories:

- Best Enhanced People's Housing Process Programme - Protea Park - George - Winner, and

- Best Emerging Youth Contractor - Haarlem farm workers project - Winner.

 Background to projects that won the Govan Mbeki awards

"The residents of Protea Park Informal Settlement occupied a premises intended for a school during 1997 and the George Council's vision regarding the elimination of as many informal areas as possible led to the housing project being established," said Edwards-klose.

"The implementation of the project has had many challenges as only 71 housing opportunities could be established in the area, while it was expected that all who lived in the area would be helped.

"In consultation with the informal Settlement committee in the area, the persons who lived the longest in the area would become beneficiaries and the 71 participants were determined accordingly." 

She added that the contractor, Moreki Distributors was appointed in May 2016 and, due to various challenges, completed the project only in February 2018. Participants of the project each have a 42m² two-bedroom house.

"These homes are very exceptional in that they are the first project houses in George to be tiled throughout with tiled roofs, kitchen cabinets, aluminium windows and outside lights," Edwards-klose said.

"The value of the property and the house together amounts to approximately R160 000 and makes it an excellent investment for the participants of the project.

'The houses are of excellent quality and the house is also guaranteed by the NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council for 5 years."

HAS Consulting owner, Horatius Strydom, said as developer he has seen potential in the youth that worked on the project.

He interviewed the contractors and assisted them to become main contractors on projects. Zuksem Projects won the award for Best Emerging Youth Contractor for the Haarlem farm workers project, a collaboration between the Western Cape government and George Municipality.

"The annual Govan Mbeki Awards creates healthy competition and is used as a monitoring tool to ensure delivery," said Edwards-klose.

"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.

George Municipality has previously won the Govan Mbeki as follows:

2017

Western Cape Provincial Govan Mbeki Award for “Best Rural Housing Programme” for the Haarlem project - Winner National Govan Mbeki Awards for the “Best Rural Housing Programme” for Haarlem project - 2nd Place

2016

Western Cape Provincial Govan Mbeki Award for Best Enhanced People’s Housing Process Project - Uniondale Housing Project – 1st runner up Western Cape Provincial Govan Mbeki Award Best Rural Housing Programme - Uniondale Housing Project – Winner AND ERF 304 Haarlem Farm Worker Housing Project – 1st runner up Western Cape Provincial Govan Mbeki Award Best Farm Residence Housing Assistance Programme - ERF 304 Haarlem Farm Worker Housing project – Winner

2014

Western Cape Provincial Govan Mbeki Award 2014: Best Informal Settlement Upgrade Project - Winner National Govan Mbeki Award 2014: Best Informal Settlement Upgrade Project - Winner