Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), has previously formally advised all our stakeholders and local communities that a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between GRDM and the Western Cape Government (WCG), had been concluded.
This step was a firm commitment by both parties and stakeholders to ensure that the delivery of sustainable housing projects/programmes would become a reality in well-located areas. This means, that the GRDM and WCG are committed to socio-economic integration.
GRDM has to date used the period from 2020 to 2023 to prepare and implement a new strategic housing plan and a linked Human Settlements Sector Plan which both were respectively approved by the following stakeholders:
- GRDM Council in cooperation with the WC Department of Human Settlements,
- the 7 B Municipalities (Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay, Kannaland, Hessequa, Knysna, George and Bitou)
- various government agencies; and
- our new social housing delivery partner, Own Haven Housing Association.
It is therefore important to note that we have begun the process together with these stakeholders and our development partner, Own Haven Housing Association, of looking at GRDM-driven social housing projects in two of our sites located in George and Mossel Bay. As soon as related current project feasibilities have been confirmed, there will be a further communication process to update stakeholders, targeted clients, and local communities about the related status.
In summary, therefore, we as the GRDM together with our development partners have begun in earnest, the process of rolling out targeted affordable housing programmes/projects in well located areas which will ease sustainability and integration.