The North West Human Settlements Department has reiterated its commitment to reducing the housing backlog and expediting the process of delivering houses to legible beneficiaries across the province.
This commitment was part of the resolutions made at the recent strategic retreat session held in Rustenburg, where the department pledged to build momentum and fulfill its mandate to close the gap created over the past three years.
Acting department head James Mashigo said the department has, over the past few weeks, criss-crossed the province introducing more than 30 contractors to municipalities, either to start new housing projects or to unblock stalled projects.
Mashigo said that among the major projects that have been on hold for some time is the Bokamoso project in Rustenburg, Bojanala district.
The project is part of the development of houses around mining areas and the eradication of informal settlements.
“The objective of the project was to create a sustainable human settlement in the area and provide approximately 4,000 fully equipped housing units. However, due to challenges posed by external and internal challenges, the project was put on hold,” Mashigo explained. .
He said the department has so far managed to install internal departments and further develop the upper structures.
According to Mashigo, the department has since made the decision to install services first so that beneficiaries have full services when they move into their homes.
“We’ve taken a different approach as a department to prioritize bulk services first to ensure we deliver homes with full services. We do this in conjunction with local municipalities, primarily because they will have to deal more with services.
“Dimakotso constructions has been designated to complete the remaining 977 sites. In addition to the said nomination, the department is at an advanced stage in appointing the developer for 320 units and 200 units, which will complement the 1,600 units of phase 1 for the construction of the upper structure,” Mashigo said.
He added that the department has also appointed developers in municipalities including Moses Kotane where the construction of more than 2,000 houses is planned.
Unlock new projects for housing delivery
Mashigo said other municipalities will see blocked projects unblocked and new projects started including Naledi, Ditsobotla, Lekwa Teemane, Maquasi Hills and others.
During her visit to the North West last week, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi promised community members that the government’s housing priority for the nation would also focus on unlocking urgent projects. for expedited housing delivery.
Communities have expressed concern over various stalled projects in Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality.
The minister also handed over 1,300 title deeds to beneficiaries of fully subsidized government houses in Itsoseng, Ditsobotla Local Municipality.
The provincial department is committed to turning the province into a construction site and creating more jobs through all the projects.
He called on municipalities to work closely with designated contractors to ensure projects are completed on time, and local traditional leaders are working closely with municipalities and contributing to the successful completion of houses for beneficiaries. on tribal lands.
The department is also committed to putting women, child-headed households, youth and people with disabilities at the helm in terms of appointing promoters and beneficiaries.
(With contributions from the South African government press release)