Minister Kubayi: Limpopo shows progress on housing delivery
The Minister of Human Settlements Mmamoloko Kubayi has commended Limpopo Province for turning a tide on housing delivery. Minister Kubayi and Deputy Minister Pam Tshwete, together with the Limpopo MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements, and Traditional Affairs Basikopo Makamu and Traditional Leader Hosi Mahumani were in the Mopani District Municipality on Thursday 25 May 2023 to handover Rural Housing Units to qualifying beneficiaries in Nkomo A village, Giyani.
The delegation also convened Community Imbizo focusing on service delivery. Limpopo is one of the provinces visited by Minister Kubayi after assuming her responsibility as the Minister of Human Settlements. During her visit to the province, she undertook to support the province with technical and project management capacities. This has since assisted the province to improve on their housing delivery targets, thus today’s handover of houses to the qualifying beneficiaries. “It is heart-warming to witness work that has been done to improve lives of the people. We are here to showcase what we continue to do to better the lives of the people both in urban and rural areas”, said Minister Kubayi.
Turning to women empowerment in the sector Kubayi challenged other Provinces to emulate Limpopo which continues to ensure that women construction companies play an active role in accelerating housing delivery. “Women-led projects are hardly abandoned. They are of good quality, done on time, and within budget”, said Kubayi. Minister Kubayi also underscored that partnership with the private sector, community members and traditional leaders, amongst others is the only solution to increasing housing delivery.
This was echoed by MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements, and Traditional Affairs Basikopo Makamu saying the province working with all the stakeholders will deliver on its 2023/2024 target of close to 10 000 housing units. In line with the provisions of section 211 & 212 of the Constitution, prior to handing over houses to the beneficiaries and community engagement, the delegation paid a courtesy visit to Hosi Mahumani in Nkomo A village, whom Minister said he (Ndabezitha) understands his responsibility and is committed to ensuring that all spheres of government are working together to deliver services to the indigent and to uplift in his community.
Addressing the community imbizo Minister Kubayi said, “we have deliberately prioritised Childheaded homes and the elderly, who in most cases are caregivers to grandchildren, in the provision of homes so that we can improve the educational, health and social and economic odds of these young members of our communities.” The Minister emphasized the importance of being responsive to the needs of our communities, as such the water challenges in Giyani is a great concern for Human Settlements.
Minister Kubayi told members of the community that government is committed to the provision of basic services. Accordingly, her department will work with the Department of Water and Sanitation to find solutions, mainly, for the rural areas because there is no bulk infrastructure.
Source: Government of South Africa