Department of Human Settlements: About Us | Western Cape Government

Department of Human Settlements: About Us

The Department is committed to accelerating delivery, while promoting social cohesion through the development of integrated and sustainable human settlements in an open society.


Service Charter

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Organisational Structure

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Vision

Residents of the Western Cape have access to liveable, accessible, safe and multi-opportunity settlements.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Human Settlements is:

  • To provide settlements that offer good basic and socio-economic services
  • To offer a range of rental and ownership options that respond to the varied needs and incomes of households
  • To consistently improve settlements through joint citizen and government effort supported by private sector contributions

The Department is committed to accelerating delivery, while promoting social cohesion through the development of integrated and sustainable human settlements in an open society.

Strategic Goals

The following are the strategic goals for the next five years (2015-2020) of the department as stated in its five-year Strategic Plan:

  • Enhanced efficiency and effectiveness of the provincial Department of Human Settlements.
  • Improved settlement functionality, efficiencies and resilience.
  • Accelerated housing opportunities.
  • Improve living conditions of beneficiaries through the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP).
  • Improved living conditions of beneficiaries through access to water and sanitation.
  • Improved living conditions of beneficiaries through the upgrading of housing units and promoting ownership of property.
  • Enabling an increasing supply of land for affordable housing and catalytic projects.
  • Facilitate job creation and empowerment opportunities.
  • Promote innovation and the better living concept

Values

The Department of Human Settlements’ values are aligned to the Batho Pele principles as well as those of the Western Cape Government. The Department has unpacked the values to make them more specific to the mandate of the Department:

Caring -

treating people with empathy in responding to their needs, prioritising the needs of the most vulnerable in our society when we select projects to fund and ensuring that municipalities do the same with the selection of beneficiaries.

Integrity -

acting honestly and in the best interests of the Department, the taxpayers and the public we serve, taking proactive steps to improve governance and prevent and act against corruption and maladministration.

Accountability -

being open and transparent about what we want to achieve, and about our performance against our pre-determined objectives.

Responsiveness -

ensuring that the human settlements we promote, enable and facilitate a response to the needs of our customers, and that we treat stakeholders with respect by consulting them in good faith, keeping them informed, and responding to applications, complaints, queries and requests timeously and appropriately.

Competence -

focused on developing staff, systems and processes that are fit-for-purpose to ensure the Department functions optimally to deliver on its mandate and achieve its strategic goals and objectives.

Innovation -

to be open to new ideas and develop creative solutions to challenges in a resourceful way.


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