PRETORIA - More than 1000 delegates from all the country’s nine provinces will converge at East London International Convention Centre to attend the Govan Mbeki Awards on Friday, 30 November 2018.
Named after the struggle icon, Govan Mbeki, the Awards honour excellence in the human settlements delivery. They acknowledge the role played by provinces, municipalities, developers in in delivering quality houses and creating sustainable human settlements.

The 2018 Awards come as the country recently reached a milestone of having delivered over 4.7 million housing opportunities since 1994.
Following a rigorous and independent evaluation process, finalists will compete in 17 categories that include among others, the Best Upgraded Informal Settlements, the Best Integrated Human Settlements, the Best Woman Contractor, Youth Contractor, and the Best Province in Human Settlements Delivery.

Human Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo will, posthumously, also bestow Life-Time Achievement Awards to Albertina Sisulu; Mathew Goniwe; Fort Calata; Sicelo Mhlawuli; Sparrow Mkonto; Qaqawuli Godolozi; Sipho Hashe; and Champion Galela for the role they played in the struggle for a free South Africa.

The Awards will be preceded by a Golf Challenge in the morning of Friday, 30th of November 2018, whose proceeds would go towards building a house for 61-year-old Ms Thobeka Daniso. The Buffalo City Municipality, through a council resolution, approved the project and is currently seized with internal processes to make sure Daniso has a house.

Minister Mfeketo, the MEC for Human Settlements in the Eastern Cape, the Executive Mayor of Buffalo City Municipality will also handover to struggle veteran Mrs Nothemba Fazzie, a house in Duncan Village which its construction was initiated by President Ramaphosa in January 8 this year.

This will be, followed by a handover of the 495 units at Sunny South farm assisted housing project and a community engagement where Minister Mfeketo will switch on power to start electrification programme of the area.

Details of the activities are as follows:

1. Golf Challenge
Date: Friday, 30 November 2018
Venue: East London Golf Course
Time: 7:00

2. Handover of Mrs Fazzie house in Duncan Village
Date: Friday, 30 November 2018
Venue: 220 Matanzima Street, East London
Time: 9:30

3. Sunny South farm assisted housing project hand over and community engagement.

Date: 30 November 2018
Venue: Sunny South farm assisted housing (near Kids Beach)
Time: 11:00

4. Govan Mbeki Awards Ceremony
Date: 30 November 2018
Venue: International Convention Centre, East London
Time: 17:30 for 18:00

Members of the Media can RSVP by Contacting:

Tebogo Mosima on 012 421 1478 or e-mail


For more information contact: Xolani Xundu at 083 788 5747


Press Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018