For Any Business Plan To Be Approved It Must Demonstrate Integration: Minister Kubayi
The Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi has called on the Provinces to ensure that sustainable integrated spatial planning becomes an integral part of all human settlements business plans.
Joined by the MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works Mr Jomo Sibiya at her first public engagement as the Minister of Human Settlements at uMshwati, KwaZulu Natal Minister Kubayi emphasized that for any human settlements business plan to be approved it must demonstrate sustainability and integrated planning.
“Our mandate is to change the lives of South Africans and end apartheid spatial planning. Human settlements should have all the necessary infrastructure including roads, bulk, education facilities, clinics and recreational facilities. We cannot build where there are no economic activities”, said Minister Kubayi.
Minister also implored officials to put themselves in the shoes of the people they serve. “If these temporary shelters are not good for you why give them to someone else. Services we provide to our people must be of standard we can expect for ourselves”, said Minister Kubayi.
In an effort that there is a good relationship between the department and its stakeholders, Minister made an undertaking to ensuring that there is transparency in everything the department does. She added that “there is a huge trust deficit between government and the public and it is because our work has lacked transparency and accountability”.
While acknowledging the great work that has been done over the years she made a call to all relevant stakeholders including the private sector to accelerate housing delivery. The department working with Provinces, has delivered close to 15 000 housing units at a value of over R3billion in the first quarter of the financial year 2021/2022.
The Minister will be in KwaZulu over the next few days to receive briefings on their plans for the coming years. She will also engage community members, do project visits and handover houses.
Enquiries: Hlengiwe Nhlabathi-Mokota, Spokesperson to the Minister on 064 754 8426 or Hlengiwe.email@example.com
Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements
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