OPENING DOORS: Premier David Mabuza cuts the ribbon at a resident’s house.
Mpumalanga government is to pull up its socks when it comes to provision of houses after not performing well last year.
Premier David Mabuza said integrated human settlements embody the national vision of promoting non-racialism and prosperous communities.
“As government, we have not fared well in this area of our work. On a number of targets that we have set for ourselves, we are saddened to report that we are lagging behind,” he said.
Mabuza said their poor performance could be attributed to, among other things, the challenges of leadership and management, corruption and poor forward planning.
“Fortunately, we have already started to address some of the weaknesses that were revealed by our assessment report. This includes, among other things, strengthening the leadership of the department, tightening administrative systems and processes, particularly in the supply chain area,” he said. The premier said despite challenges, they managed to build 1027 houses at Klarinet in Emalahleni local municipality, including the provision of the bulk services. “Through our partnership with Absa we have managed to secure and transferred 80 bonded houses as part of the GAP market,” he said.
Mabuza said through the Premier’s Special Housing Initiative, in partnership with the private sector, 147 houses were built for families living in abject poverty.
He said that in the In 2013-14 financial year, they are going to complete all the incomplete houses within the next 100 days.
Mabuza said they were also going to move with speed to finalise the outstanding work on the establishment of integrated human settlements in Klarinet, Emakhazeni, Dipaliseng and Thaba Chweu.
He said they will also focus on spatial planning and integrated development planning for Umjindi, Nkomazi, Msukaligwa and Mbombela and speed up and finalise the implementation of the people housing programme (PHP) in all the CRDP municipalities.