Minister Madikizela’s keynote address at the Clicks-for-Bricks housing handover, Mfuleni, Cape Town
9 Sep 2011
Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela attended the handover of the Clicks-for-Bricks house in Mfuleni at 14h00 on 9 September 2011 and delivered the keynote address. The house was handed over to Ms Ntombizodwa (Zodwa) Regina, a single mother who works as a domestic worker.
The Clicks-for-Bricks project is a result of a partnership between Habitat for Humanity South Africa (an non-governmental organisation) and Property24.com (an online property company), where for every ‘like’ click on a facebook page www.facebook.com/property24, Property24 pledged to donate R5 to Habitat For Humanity South Africa, to raise a total of R91 000 to build the house for Zodwa.
“I am very excited by the partnership between Habitat and Humanity and Property24. At the Department of Human Settlements we have a core mission to create integrated and sustainable communities. We deliver houses, basic services and serviced sites, and through this we enable sustainable communities to develop.
To deliver houses requires partnership between many government departments, and private contractors, and it also requires us to work together with the communities, listening to and considering their concerns, and engaging people, both backyarders and informal resident dwellers, living in an area. Successful housing delivery depends on bringing people together.”
“The complex demands of housing delivery require creative, novel solutions. The Clicks-for-Bricks program and the building of Zodwa’s house has bought together the online information community, who use Facebook, the business community, through Property24, the volunteer and non-governmental organisation community, through Habitat for Humanity, and some of the people of Mfuleni. Just as the Department of Human Settlements works together with many stakeholders to deliver houses, the people building Zodwa’s house have come from many different communities to work together.”
“In the building of the house, new relationships have been formed, barriers dissolved and volunteers have worked together to give of their time and labour to add to the house. My vision for housing in South Africa is that people will find ways to come together to help us solve the housing demand and deliver houses quickly for the people who need them.
Habitat for Humanity has already provided over 3000 houses to South Africans, and I applaud them for this. Government can lead the way in housing delivery, but we can’t do it all, and there is much we can learn from Habitat for Humanity, and perhaps even partner with them.
It is exactly through creative partnerships of people coming together, that South Africans will solve both the physical challenges of housing and services demands, and the social challenges of bringing people together to form real healthy relationships and drop the inner barriers. I hope we can see many more creative partnerships of this kind.”
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Issued by: Western Cape Human Settlements
9 Sep 2011
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