Government in partnership to provide integrated human settlements

The Department of Local Government and Human Settlements in Bokone Bophirima cemented these alliances on Friday last week during the Human Settlements Indaba held in Rustenburg. It signed a social contract for sustainable integrated human settlements.

The province’s traditional leadership, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), North West University, the private sector, developers and contractors, the mining sector, building material manufactures and suppliers, the banking sector and civil society organizations form part of this social contract.

Signatories of the social contract jointly undertook to work together with the provincial government towards the delivery of 1.5 million housing opportunities, and undertook to free blocked projects, as well as eradicate the backlog of title deeds for the pre- and post-1994 housing stock.

Local Government and Human Settlements MEC, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe, said her department is driven by the provincial government’s five concretes of Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT), Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD), Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal (RHR), Setsokotsane as well as Saamtrek-Saamwerk to fast track the delivery of integrated human settlements.

“The delivery of sustainable human settlements can be achieved by bringing all stakeholders together in a rapid provision of decent and dignified human settlements to move the province forward through the Saamtrek-Saamwerk philosophy,’’ said the MEC.

The department will, on a continuous basis, intercact with all social contract signatories to assess the implementation of the agreements in the contract.

The department would also prioritise the provision of human settlements to senior citizens, people with disabilities and child-headed households as a special focus, Gaolaolwe said.



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