Another housing accolade for Knysna

Knysna Municipality received another award at the prestigious annual Govan Mbeki Awards, held in Cape Town on Friday 31 August. These awards honour those who have performed best in the integrated human settlements sector of local government.

Knysna Executive Mayor Mark Willemse said they are delighted to once again receive this recognition. “This is the seventh time that our municipality receives this prestigious award since the launch of the Govan Mbeki Human Settlements Awards in 2008.”

The municipality was announced as Second Runner Up in the category Best Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme for its Witlokasie Project.

During the June 2017 Knysna fires, sections of White Location were destroyed. The Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme, Witlokasie Project, was initiated immediately after the fires. The emergency site was deemed suitable for future permanent development and residents were relocated to a temporary informal settlement. The upgrade included installation of street lighting and electrical reticulation to allow for household electricity supply, connection of sewerage systems to existing municipal infrastructure and construction of retaining walls and gabions to prevent possible soil slip due to the steep terrain.

Willemse thanked the municipality’s housing team. “This is a great acknowledgement from Provincial Government, who is responsible for housing as per schedule 4 of our constitution. This demonstrates that our Integrated Human Settlements Department is providing high quality services. I want to convey my gratitude to the team, whose hard work and commitment has made a real difference in the lives of our residents.”

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