02 September 2021 Media Release: MINISTER SIMMERS VISITS INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS IN THE GARDEN ROUTE

MINISTER SIMMERS VISITS INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS IN THE GARDEN ROUTE

On Monday, 30 August 2021, Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers, concluded his outreach to the Garden Route with a visit to the Informal settlements in Sedgefield and Kwanonqaba in Mossel Bay. These visits were to ascertain how theĀ Informal Settlements Support ProgrammeĀ has improved these living standards of the informal dwellers.

Minister Simmers met with key stakeholders, which included the Ward Councilor, the Community Leadership and the appointed NGO, to discuss current the state of the projects as well as future plans.

Minister Simmers said: ā€œIt is pleasing to note that the ISSP is making a significant difference in the lives of our people. It remains the priority of the Western Cape Government to ensure our people live in safer and improved conditions, as this will go a long way in restoring our peopleā€™s dignity. Iā€™m also delighted to note the good working relationship between the community leaders and the Ward Councillor, as this helps to remove any and all hindrances from projects.ā€

Through the ISSP, the Department has erected 104 new toilets and taps, as well as upgraded 74 toilets in Sedgefield. The ISSP provides individuals with a service stand with access to running water, sanitation and electricity services. The beneficiaries of the UISP are eligible to apply to build a house on their stand, through one of the governmentā€™s other housing subsidies, applicable to qualifying criterion.

ā€œAs the Western Cape Government we remain committed to accelerating human settlement delivery, while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements in an open society,ā€ added Simmers.

Media Enquiries:Ā Marcellino Martin

Spokesperson for Minister Tertuis Simmers

Marcellino.martin@westerncape.gov.za

021 483 3397 (o) /Ā 082 721 3362 (m)

Or

Mr. Nathan Adriaanse

Director: Communication and Stakeholder Relations

Tel: 021 483-2868 /Ā Cell: 083 263 1720

Nathan.adriaanse@westerncape.gov.za