The Western Cape Government Provincial Minister of Human Settlements, Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, is currently embarking on an outreach programme to all the municipalities of the Western Cape and has made his stop at Eden District Municipality (Eden DM) on Tuesday, 24 January 2017.
The purpose of these provincial wide visits is to reinforce the department’s three strategic goals and to ensure that all municipal business plans are aligned with the Department’s strategic priorities.
The three strategic goals are:
• Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP);
• Affordable Housing; and
• Beneficiary Prioritisation.
Eden DM Executive Mayor, Cllr Memory Booysen welcomed Minister Madikizela and his delegation during a formal meeting with the Eden DM Mayoral Committee. He applauded the Department of Human Settlements for their crucial role played in service delivery.
During the session, Madikizela explained the aim of the three strategic goals is to maximize the impact of human settlements delivery in the province through fulfilling its mission of creating integrated and sustainable human settlements. Furthermore, he elaborated on the focus areas of the different strategic goals.
Strategic goal one will focus on shifting more resources towards upgrading informal settlements, in order to provide basic services to informal settlements while residents wait for housing opportunities. The basic services include access to water, sanitation and electricity. The Upgrading Informal Settlements Programme (UISP) also allows for informal settlement residents who earn up to R7 500 per month to be given ownership of a serviced site if they meet the required qualification criteria.
Strategic goal two involved strengthening partnerships with the private sector to increase the supply of affordable houses for people earning above the free-subsidy threshold, e.g. people who earn above R3 500 – R15 000 per month, but who do not have the financial means to buy a house without the assistance of a human settlements subsidy.
Strategic goal three focuses on paying attention to the allocation of free subsidized state houses in order to prioritise the most vulnerable beneficiaries, such as the elderly and those with special needs.