National Dept. of Human Settlements to learn from DA led Dept. of Human Settlements

Matlhodi Maseko MPP

Western Cape Spokesperson on Human Settlements

 

 The DA commends the Western Cape Human Settlements Minister, Bonginkosi Madikizela on his excellent leadership. His Department has shown excellent service delivery to the people of the Western Cape during the 2013/14 financial year.

 

The economic growth in the Western Cape continues to draw in people who are seeking opportunities for real jobs. In this context, the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements can report that it has delivered on and exceeded its annual service delivery targets for the 2013/14 financial year.

The Western Cape Department of Human Settlements has:

·           built 12 681 housing units, against a target of 12 302,

·           delivered 2 708 other housing opportunities, against a target 1 959, and

·           delivered 2 528 serviced sites.

 

The balance of 4 167 serviced sites projects are at various stages of completion. These projects will be handed over once they have been completed, along with the appropriate certificates.

 

The Democratic Alliance further commends Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, and his Department, for receiving a clean audit from the Auditor General for the 2013/14 financial year. The exceeded targets are a clear indication of the efficient use of public money.

 

This is in contrast to the National Department of Human Settlements, under the leadership of Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. In the Department of Human Settlements annual report for the 2013/14 financial year, the Auditor General is quoted as reporting that:

 

”Leadership did not exercise effective oversight responsibility regarding financial and performance reporting and compliance as well as related internal controls.”

 

There is a material difference between the ability of the Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements and his national counterpart. The National Department clearly has lessons to learn from the DA led government in the Western Cape.