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News and Speeches for Department of Human Settlements

Minister Simmers to handover houses at Forest village

26 May 2020

Tomorrow, 27 May 2020, Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Tertuis Simmers will hand over the first 50 houses, to residents from Wards 16, 17, 108 and 114 at the Forest Village Housing project in Eersteriver, Cape Town. Read More

Minister simmers to conduct oversight visit at Grabouw’s rooidakke development

24 May 2020

POSTPONEMENT:  Kindly note due to the inclement weather this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Read More

Contractors on site to ensure speedy housing handover

19 May 2020

Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says he is pleased to see that progress is being made at the construction sites he has visited so far.  Read More

More than 1300 to benefit from provincial housing projects within the next month

18 May 2020

Within the next month, 1371 beneficiaries, will across the Western Cape move into their new homes. These houses which are ready to be handed over are in various municipal district areas, including the Cape Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route, West... Read More

Deadline to move to a new house or business has been removed

15 May 2020

I’m pleased to note that the National Government has made an about-turn and removed the 7 June deadline for citizens to move to their new homes. I also welcome the opportunity that businesses now have, to move to new premises, should they require to... Read More

Minister Simmers conducts oversight visit at Forest village development

14 May 2020

Visiting a portion of the Forest Village Housing project in Eerste River, Cape Town, today, it was pleasing to note that the contractor is adhering to all health and safety protocols as issued by the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements. Read More

Minister Simmers to conduct oversight visit at Forest village development

13 May 2020

Tomorrow, 14 May 2020, Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Tertuis Simmers will visit the construction site of the Forest Village Housing project in Eerste River, Cape Town. Read More

More than 200 to benefit from Ceres housing project

13 May 2020

It is anticipated that in excess of 200 beneficiaries will move into their new homes in the Vredebes Housing Project in Ceres within the next few weeks. This is within the Witzenberg municipal area. Read More

Citizens can now move to a new house, but only for a limited time

8 May 2020

I welcome the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that citizens are with immediate effect allowed to move to their new homes. This must however be done by 7 June 2020. Read More

Residents can still access human settlements frontline services

7 May 2020

Since the lockdown was instituted by President Cyril Ramaphosa, 207 enquiries were recorded at the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements Helpdesk between 27 March and 30 April. During the same period, the Rental Housing Tribunal (RHT)... Read More

Western Cape human settlements construction to recommence

6 May 2020

Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says, all projects, in accordance with level 4 lockdown regulations, will recommence with immediate effect. Read More

Illegal evictions are not allowed during lockdown period

4 May 2020

I’ve written to the Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz and his Department, requesting they seek clarity from the South African Police Services (SAPS), as to why they’re allegedly turning away tenants who have illegally been... Read More

Lifting of lockdown regulations to accommodate the construction and services

29 April 2020

I’ve written to the National Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, to seek clarity about whether Human Settlements construction projects are covered by the levels five and four of the listed services, as we are of the... Read More

Greater Kosovo informal settlement support and upgrade programme to commence

24 April 2020

I am pleased to inform you that the Greater Kosovo stakeholder engagements, as it pertains to the Rapid Informal Support and Upgrade Programme (RISSUP)/re-blocking, started yesterday. Read More

Western Cape human settlements ensures contractors are paid during lockdown

22 April 2020

Although we’re in a lockdown period, the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements has managed to settle all its payments to contractors and suppliers. As claims were received for work done prior to the lockdown, most payments (90%) were only due... Read More

Temporary residential units in informal settlement support and upgrade programme

20 April 2020

With various engagements currently underway as it pertains to the Rapid Informal Settlement Support and Upgrade Programme, I’m pleased to announce that the Temporary Residential Units (TRU’s) will now be known as Transitional Residential Units (TRU’... Read More

Greater Kosovo informal settlement support and upgrade programme to commence

16 April 2020

Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says, while his Department’s Stakeholder Relations officials are currently engaging the various community structures in DuNoon, plans are afoot to commence with a similar process in the... Read More

Informal settlement support and upgrade programme community engagements commence

14 April 2020

Following lengthy, yet transparent and critical inter-governmental engagements, I am pleased to announce that community engagements for our Rapid Informal Settlement Support and Upgrade Programme (RISSUP)/re-blocking commenced this past weekend. Read More

Adhere to rental regulations during lockdown period

8 April 2020

Due to the national lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there is much confusion in the rental property market and a tenant’s obligation to pay rent.   Read More

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