On Tuesday, 24 October 2017, Overstrand Executive Mayor Rudolph Smith received Western Cape Human Settlements MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela and his delegation for the second of a series of roadshows on Affordable Housing. Held in Mount Pleasant, the well-attended event forms part of an initiative aimed at informing the public of the various housing programmes available for those seeking access to affordable housing in the Overstrand. Also present was Overberg Deputy Mayor Archie Klaas, Overstrand Mayoral committee members, councillors, directors and a host of housing officials.
Proceedings kicked off with a warm welcome by Overstrand’s Cllr Andrew Komani. This was followed by MEC Madikizela providing an informative address that highlighted the Department’s planning strategy for affordable housing projects, an acknowledgement of the increasing need for housing solutions and the need to ensure that the right people were prioritised in the delivery of houses. “The principle of first-come-first-served must be adhered to. Those people, who meet the qualifying criteria and have been on the waiting list for a long time, should be first in line to receive a house,” stated the MEC.