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South Africa: Mpumalanga to put more Focus on Growing Towns 'An Approach that Seeks to Enhance the National Development Plan's Vision'
Source: Issued by: Mpumalanga Human Settlements
Source Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Feb 24, 2014

The province has a huge demand for housing in especially the municipalities of Mbombela, eMalahleni, Msukaligwa, Govan Mbeki, and Steve Tshwete, hence the need for a clear focus to these areas as primary nodes.

The delivery of housing units in these areas will be delivered in an integrated and sustainable manner where all social amenities such as halls, recreational facilities, shops, health, educational facilities and police stations, amongst others are constructed on a progressive basis. On the same breath, the delivery of services in rural areas for rural development purposes will still continue
The session also had an opportunity to engage with the Provincial Human Settlements Master Plan which is currently being developed. The plan will serve as a blue-print as to how the province should develop by using this detailed road-map. The plan is being developed in line with the policy development manuscript, the National Development Plan, provincial, municipal plans and other related policy prescripts.

Consultant Mr Theo Pretorius charges that “the province has best land for possible development of functional towns to realise the goals of the plan”. Statistics indicate that by effective utilisation of existing pieces of land; the province can deliver about one million housing opportunities. The province has a housing backlog of nearly 200 000.
To deliver on this undertaking, the department will focus on programmes to eradicate informal settlements, improve the ageing infrastructure in municipalities, expedite the issuing of title deeds, continue to deliver basic services in rural areas, develop a clear approach on the allocation of houses and rural development.

“The department has to ensure that it contributes to the policy position of the ruling party of building one million houses and eradicate informal settlements in the coming five years, concluded MEC Gamede. The strategic planning session also looked at the department’s 2013/14 nine months performance and future planning.
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