MEC of Human Settlements, Speed Mashilo, visited residents of eMbalenhle last week during an Imbizo (public participation programme).
An Imbizo is a platform where the community can directly interact with government officials on service delivery issues.
The Imbizo focused on the overall human settlements delivery in the municipality, departmental achievements and plans.
Governments uses Imbizo as a two-way platform to share information that demonstrates responsiveness to the needs of the people.
According to Freddy Ngobe, from the communications services of the Department of Human Settlements, a detailed report on pressing service delivery challenges at Govan Mbeki Municipality will be developed for urgent government intervention.
“Scores of residents from the municipality interacted with the MEC and the Executive Mayor, Flora Maboa-Boltman,” said Freddy.
“Most concerns raised by residents were aging infrastructures, electricity being shut down for a long time, land invasion, slow pace of issuing title deeds and illegal selling of RDP houses allegedly by officials and councillors.”
Speed said: “The Imbizo is a basis for sustained dialogue between government and people and a mechanism for fact-finding by government to align services with the needs of the people.
“It helps us in realising an efficient, effective development orientated public service and empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship through a well-functioning communication system that also proactively informs and engages the public about what the government is doing to improve their lives.”
Speed urged the mayor to consolidate all the service delivery concerns into a report with a view to arrange an urgent meeting with councillors.
This report will enable the Department of Human Settlements to develop short and long-term interventions.
“Despitee the challenges of bulk infrastructure and lack of building sites in the area, too much focus is on helping the elderly, the disabled and child-headed families to get decent and quality houses,” said Speed.
Government handed over 500 houses and more than 600 title deeds to deserving beneficiaries form various parts in the Govan Mbeki municipal area.
The municipality plans to deliver 3 000 housing units, 287 gap market housing, 500 rental housing units and social amenities through the delivery of another integrated human settlements project during the 2017/2018 financial year.