In recent months, we have thrived in our mandate to identify, acquire and develop state, communal and privately owned land for the creation of sustainable human settlements with the acquisition of more land than had originally been targeted for the annual period.
We are responsible for reporting on Outcome 8, which relates to land release, and have targeted 10 000 hectares for the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) period.
Surpassing our own expectations in the past year, the Agency has managed to exceed the annual target of 3000 hectares by an additional 3250 hectares to achieve a total of 6248 hectares.
We have also further surpassed the MTSF target of 10 000 hectares by 35% to achieve a cumulative total of 13 507,8554 hectares of land acquired and released.
Acquisitions In The City Of Cape Town
Of significance were two parcels of land acquired within the City of Cape Town measuring 6,1984 hectares that were released directly to the HDA by the National Department of Public Works as well as 56,344 hectares of SOC land that was also donated to the HDA by South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) for human settlements development.
Acqusitions In The North-west
The Agency further registered transfers of over 40 properties in the North-West Province including Sunway Village to Madibeng Municipality, 12 stands purchased from Anglo Gold and another property donated by Lonmin to Rustenburg Municipality.
Between Wednesday, 7 June 2017, and Saturday, 10 June 2017, storm-wind-driven fires raged through the towns of George, Knysna and Bitou, leaving a costly trail of destruction. Propelled by wind speeds of between 50 and 70 kilometres per hour, the fires caused structural damage to both residential dwellings and municipal infrastructure.
Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks and Department of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant recently joined with the MEC for Human Settlements and Local Government in the Northern Cape, Alvin Botes to congratulate the HDA on its work in the provision of new homes to the people of Heuningvlei village in the Northern Cape.
“We commit ourselves to cooperate with the HDA and the community in the delivery of these houses.”
The atmosphere at the Chatty 491 Military Veterans Project was alight with excitement on Mandela Day as Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu visited the area to hand over new homes to veterans from various liberation movements.
The Govan Mbeki Awards demonstrate and showcase excellence, best practice and healthy competition amongst Provinces in their quest to improve the quality of lives for millions of South Africans. The Department of human Settlements in partnership with its institutions encourages all stakeholders at Provincial and National levels to participate in the Govan Mbeki Awards 2017
The Closing Date for submissions is Friday, 9th June 2017