iLembe District vows to improve housing delivery

2018-06-20 06:00
Mayor of iLembe District Municipality Siduduzo Gumede (second, right), Maphumulo Mayor Matozi Khuzwayo-Dlamini (third, left), Human Settlement acting HOD Mduduzi Zungu (third, right) handing over a house to beneficiary Sithembile Mdletshe in KwaMaphumulo. Looking on are Maphumulo councillors.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Mayor of iLembe District Municipality Siduduzo Gumede (second, right), Maphumulo Mayor Matozi Khuzwayo-Dlamini (third, left), Human Settlement acting HOD Mduduzi Zungu (third, right) handing over a house to beneficiary Sithembile Mdletshe in KwaMaphumulo. Looking on are Maphumulo councillors.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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The iLembe Family of Municipalities held a two-day Human Settlement Summit, at KwaMaphumulo Town Hall, on June 7 and June 8 to address the inherent challenges in housing delivery.

The summit was aimed at improving the co-ordination and alignment in the housing delivery process by providing a platform for engagement to all role-players involved in the sector.

The role players present included representatives from the four local municipalities, KZN Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Department of Human Settlement, Eskom, Housing Development Agency, First National Bank, and the iLembe Chamber of Commerce.

Addressing the summit, iLembe District Mayor Sduduzo Gumede said there have been significant steps made in the provision of decent housing opportunities within the district.

Speaking on the challenges he said: “A significant number of our people still live in conditions of squalor and informality, characterised by inadequate basic services and lack of social and recreational facilities. The provision of decent housing is further hindered by insufficient financial resources, poor coordination between the different spheres of government, and poor project planning.”

KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlements and Public Works Acting Head of Department Mduduzi Zungu, who made remarks on behalf of the MEC Ravi Pillay, emphasised the need for co-operation to achieve decent, integrated and sustainable human settlement patterns.

Zungu stressed the need to look beyond local municipality boundaries in confronting the developmental challenges facing our communities.

The summit programme also included the handing over of a house to the Mdletshe family in Ward 10, KwaMaphumulo.

Speaking on behalf of her family, Sithembile Mdletshe (29) thanked government as she struggled to hold back the tears.

“We are very happy to have a proper home, my siblings will now feel warm as the old houses were not in good state,” she said.

Day two of the summit saw commissions being formed to deliberate on the topics such as the prioritisation and funding for bulk infrastructure, finance for land acquisition, human settlement development and transfers, spatial targeting and intergovernmental planning alignment and local economic development in human settlement development.

Among the many resolutions, the summit agreed that a district human settlement forum has to be established to ensure there is synergy among all role-players involved in human settlement development.

Closing off the summit, the speaker of iLembe Lucky Makhathini urged officials to always put people first and to practice Batho Pele principles every day.

“Leaders must showcase ideas that take the Country forward and communities must know the plans of municipalities to minimize the protests,” he said.

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