HUMAN Settlements minister Tertius Simmers on Saturday announced an “oversight and engagement visit” scheduled to take place along the Garden Route this week.
“As part of my continued visits to our Human Settlements construction sites to ensure they are compliant with the Covid-19 and all other health and safety prescripts as issued by my department, I will be conducting a similar oversight on the Garden Route.
“In addition, I will be engaging various stakeholders, including executive and senior management in the Bitou, Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn, and Mossel Bay municipalities. I am particularly concerned that some municipalities still do not understand how the funding model of human settlements works, and this will once again be clarified during these engagements.”
((“Where permitted, I encourage relevant stakeholders including associations, organisations and the media to form part of these engagements, so that there’s a clear understanding of my department’s processes.))
((It is critical to keep in mind that Level 3 regulations limit the number of people in any meeting to a maximum of 50. This needs to strictly be adhered to, particularly if social distancing is to be achieved.))
Simmers’s tour kicked off in Bitou, followed by Knysna on June 17, George on the 18th, and Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay on June 19.
“The Western Cape Government remains committed to accelerating human settlement delivery, while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements in an open opportunity society,” Simmers concluded.