Media Statement - 22 November 2010

Polokwane- Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale today signed delivery agreements with all nine Human Settlements MECs as part of the overall Human Settlements’ delivery agreement he signed with President Jacob Zuma in April.

The agreements are based on the government’s 12 priority outcomes in which Human Settlements is Outcome 8. This outcome puts emphasis on sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life achievable through a number of interventions.

“These agreements are a contract amongst us to demonstrate that we are together in our pursuit of providing our people with proper settlements. We are in a team if I fall, I fall with them, if I rise, I rise with them as well,” said Sexwale.

The signing of these agreements, added Sexwale, will ensure they remain accountable to the nation.

“We are all accountable to our people and the government, we cannot fail, we should not fail,” he said.

The agreements are province-specific and aligned to the Department’s mission to facilitate an environment that provides sustainable human settlements.

“This creates a sense of accountability on our part, to say these are the things we want to achieve towards ensuring better life for our people,” said Sexwale.

Sexwale re-affirmed his department’s commitment to provide a top structure that is inclusive, “human settlements are about a lot of things that make a house a home”, adding that while the millennium development goals targets may not all be achieved by the target dates government remained committed to ensuring that they close the gap.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale called for a central blacklisting database of contractors defrauding government in the process denying many housing opportunities.

“There should be a central blacklisting of those who defraud the system. They deny our people fruits of democracy and quality service,” he said. Sexwale together with his MECs washed hands to mark the World Toilet Day adding that it was important to provide this basic service to the people.

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Press Release Date: 
Monday, November 22, 2010