04 October 2017
Western Cape residents and relevant stakeholders have until tomorrow, 5 October 2017, to make their final written submissions on the Western Cape Housing Development Amendment Bill.
All submissions should be made to Ms Shumeeze Jones, Committee Coordinator, 4th Floor, 7 Wale Street, Cape Town 8000 by no later than Thursday 5 October 2017.
Thusfar, I am pleased with the fruitful engagement the Standing Committee on Human Settlements had with the stakeholders during the three public hearings which were held, earlier this month in George, Saldana Bay and here in Cape Town at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament.
The purpose of the Amendment Bill is for land or immovable properties to be acquired or disposed of, to further ensure that further housing opportunities are created for residents in the Province; to disestablish the current Western Cape Housing Development Fund (WCHDF) established by section 13 of the Act, seeing that it is dormant and no funds are being deposited in it and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
Based on the positive and insightful written and oral feedback that was received, it clearly demonstrates that the Act in its current form has to be amended.
Once we have received and collated all written and oral submissions, the Standing Committee on Human Settlements will consider and deliberate before a decision is taken on the Bill.
As the DA in the Western Cape we remain committed to not only delivering houses, but to build inclusive communities which residents can be proud of and enjoy.