GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Tertuis Simmers, Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, will visit the Garden Route this week. In a statement he said the visit to the Garden Route is part of his visits to human settlements construction sites to ensure they are compliant with the COVID-19 and all other health and safety prescripts as issued by his department.
“In addition to this, I will be engaging various stakeholders, including executive and senior management in the Bitou, Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn, and Mossel Bay municipalities. I am particularly concerned that some municipalities still do not understand how the funding model of human settlements works and this will once again be clarified during these engagements.
“Where permitted, I encourage relevant stakeholders, which includes associations, organisations and the media, to form part of these engagements, so that there’s a clear understanding of my department’s processes,” he said.
“It is critical to keep in mind that Alert Level 3 regulations, limit the number of people in any meeting to a maximum of 50. This needs to strictly be adhered to, particularly if social distancing is to be achieved.”
Simmers’ visit will commence in the Bitou Municipality, followed by the Knysna Municipality on 17 June. On 18 June, he will be in George and on 19 June, he will visit the Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay municipalities. Further details will follow.
According to Simmers the Western Cape Government remains committed to accelerating human settlement delivery, while promoting social inclusion through the development of integrated, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements in an open opportunity society.
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