Housing department shines at awards

2015-08-20 06:00

SON of the South Coast, Ravi Pillay­, is again setting the national stage alight.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works scooped the Top Performing Province award at the national Govan Mbeki Awards hosted by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

The awards were made during a glittering ceremony at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

Pillay’s department romped home with six awards, and winning the Overall Best Performing Province category for a second time in a row was the cherry on the top.

KwaZulu-Natal beat its other eight provincial counterparts including the Best Levels 1 and 2 Accredited Municipalities awards. The first was to Hibiscus Coast Municipality, which is regarded among its peers for the careful planning and delivery of housing projects. The second was to uMhlathuze Municipality, which received applause for its housing delivery successes.

Not to be outdone, eThekwini Municipality came up trumps as the Best Metropolitan Municipality in housing delivery among the country’s eight metropolitan councils.

The province also came away with the merit awards under the Successful Student from the Scholarship Programme (Halala Mngomezulu), the Rental Housing Tribunal and the Farm Worker Assistance Project categories.

Pillay said that the impressive wins is a clear demonstration of the strong partnership the department has with its strategic partners such as municipalities and implementing agents.

“The Govan Mbeki Awards are a powerful vote of confidence in our ability in KZN to get the job of housing delivery done. Despite the limited financial resources we have, we are still able to deliver on our mandate. I want to congratulate our staff and all the municipalities who have worked hard to get these results,” said Pillay.

The competitive Govan Mbeki Awards recognise excellence and best practice in the provision of decent human settlements by municipalities and contractors across the country.

The awards were named in 2006 after the late struggle stalwart, Govan Mbeki, to recognise the role he played in building social cohesion, non-racialism and a nation free of inequality.

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