It’s full steam ahead in the Free State
The Housing Development Agency (HDA) delivered a presentation at the Free State Premier’s consultation meeting with the Human Settlements Department on 4 February. This meeting was attended by executive mayors, municipal managers and housing managers from all Free State municipalities. The Premier urged municipalities to sign delivery agreements with the HDA on informal settlement upgrading.
Following from this, an informal settlement upgrading workshop for the six (6) Free-State NUSP municipalities was held on 12 February at Moqhaka Local Municipal offices in Kroonstad. The objectives of the workshop were to:
• Outline the NUSP requirements on the implementation of the upgrading of informal settlements programme (UISP)
• To consider the development of delivery agreements covering the scope of informal settlements with relevant municipalities
• To consider progress made by the Free-State Department of Human Settlements on informal settlements upgrading targets for each of the NUSP municipalities It was agreed at the workshop that the provincial NUSP forum will be convened in March, and that all the NUSP municipalities will submit their final lists of informal settlements, establish the ISU task teams, and also nominate municipal ISU champions.
The Free State Department of Human Settlements, who also attended the workshop, committed to undertaking an audit, with the support of the HDA, to assist in verifying and recording the accurate progress made towards reaching the outcome 8 target of upgrading 26 400 households by 2014.