The Minister of Human Settlements, Mmamoloko Kubayi has issued a strong warning to all implementing agents and contractors working on human settlements projects across the country that the days of poor project delivery without consequences are coming to an end.

This follows Ministers inspection of human settlements projects, some of which have been running for years without completion and others abandoned leaving poor and indigent potential beneficiaries without a shelter over their heads.

“We can no longer allow, under such a constrained fiscal environment, project developers and contractors to waste public resources on poorly implemented or incomplete projects. From now hence, we are going to tighten contract management such that consequence management is integral in every contract. Any contractor who, without a reasonable explanation, is found to have violated contractual obligations will be dealt with accordingly,” said Minister Kubayi.

She also implored provinces that those contractors who are delivering should be paid within 30 days to accelerate housing delivery in the country.

“We are at a cold face of service delivery and people expect nothing but the best from us. We should strive to ensure that the Department of Human Settlements is an employer of choice because it gives people hope and restores their dignity."

Minister Kubayi on Friday concluded a two-day visit to the Eastern Cape, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality to assess housing delivery in the province. While in the province she visited a number of human settlements projects, including the Duncan Village Revitalization Initiative, the Komga 570, Potsdam Village 500 and three destitute families in Amathole and Buffalo City Municipalities.

Enquiries: Hlengiwe Nhlabathi-Mokota, Spokesperson to the Minister on 064 754 8426 or OR Yanga Funani, Spokesperson to the MEC on 078 348 0099.

Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements
Govan Mbeki House
240 Justice Mahomed Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0001.

Press Release Date: 
Friday, September 10, 2021