Oudtshoorn, 04 October 2016 – The Oudtshoorn Municipality has been conferred the 1st Runner up position for the Best Informal Settlement Upgraded Program in the annual Govan Mbeki Awards hosted by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Human Settlements recently.
The awards which are aimed to honour municipalities, contractors, developers and other stakeholders in the human settlements delivery chain was presented to the acting Manager for Municipal Department of Human Settlements, Ms. Sims Shehaam at a prestigious event on Friday, 23 September 2016 at Century City Convention Centre, Cape Town.
“Whilst there are many categories, we have applied for one category; the Best Upgrading of Informal Settlement Program project, entering our Rosevalley project,” said Shehaam. “The competition measured amongst other criteria, whether the project comes within budget and the quality of the final product,” Shehaam added.
“This project was initiated for some 800 families living in an Informal Settlement called Riem-vas-maak/Rosevalley. Ultimately, the project will yield 966 housing opportunities. The project is divided into 3 phases. The first phase was completed in 2015/2016 which some 299 families moving into 40m² houses with full services.”
This financial year (2016/2017) the second phase has seen services being installed for 335 housing opportunities. The top structures will start in October this year. The remainder houses will be started upon the completion of the second phase.
“It is praiseworthy that Oudtshoorn has managed to scoop a 1st runner up position despite the past service delivery and financial challenges the Municipality has been battling with; This achievement should not only encourage staff in the Human Settlement department but also the entire staff of the Municipality and the town,” said the Executive Mayor, Cllr. Colan Sylvester.
The Govan Mbeki awards are an annual feature in the Human Settlements diary. They are to honour those who have performed best in the Human Settlements sector. The awards also aim to promote excellence, best practices and instill healthy competition among all Departments of Human Settlements in Provinces and Municipalities.
The Provincial Govan Mbeki Awards winners will then represent the Western Cape Province in the National Govan Mbeki Awards.Last published 05 October 2016