Subcouncil resolution details
Agenda item no
22SUB 10/6/2020 SM
Monday, June 15, 2020
Meeting was held on 28 July 2020
OF MEETING - FOREST VILLAGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT– HELD ON TUESDAY, 28 JULY 2020 VIA SKYPE PRESENT:
Cllr Mzuvukile Nikelo (MN) Sub council Chairperson: Ward 16 Councillor Cllr Jerome Fitz (JF) Ward 17 Councillor Cllr Sharlaine Oerson (SO) PR Councillor Xolisile Qwesha:COCT Officials:
Roxanne Moses (RM) Sub council Manager: Sub council 22 Shirley Lumkwana (SL) Sub council 22 Gavin Campbell (GC)Province Officials:
Greg de Villiers (Provincial Department of Human Settlements)Mzi Projects Officials:
Isqak Morrison, Nashieta HoltmanASLA Officials:
Apologies: Cllr Heynes & Gerhard Hanekom – Provincial Department of Human Settlements Opening:
Cllr Nikelo - welcomed all present.Discussion:
Opening RemarksCllr Fitz
- Problematic Consultants
- Audit of Occupied Houses
- Illegal Dumping
- Undermining by Western Cape Government
- Audit of all occupied houses & illegal occupation
- Illegal Dumping Campaign to commence on 31st July,20 in order to eradicate dumping & (distribution of no dumping pamphlet’s)
- Lack of communication by department of Human Settlements
- Councillors not invited to project steering committee meetings
- Confusion created by Consultants
Greg de Villiers
- Province regarded as a Senior Spear of Government
- City’s role was of engagement & persuasion.
- Provincial Government not working against the City of Cape Town
- Department battling with complexities i.e. 1½billion developments, responsibility towards existing contractors etc.
- What constitutes a clean audit? Name of erven, street address & title deed handover to owner if not the resident owner the title deed to be kept @ 27 Wale Street.
- Department under resourced and therefore not able to police occupancy.
- Department committed to investigating allegations but requires all relevant information / documentation to accompany such claims.
- A project steering committee reviews names put forward by consultants and there after allocation to be vetted by consultants.
- Gerhard Hanekom to mail beneficiaries list –Councillors.
- Provincial Government custodians of the project & actions according to structures and therefore, the role of local government was an oversight function.
- Requested Councillors not to get involved into practical details of the project & further requested all local vendors be registered on COCT database.
- Under impression that only Mzi Developments were tasked with screening, workshops and administration of applicants.
- Unaware people were moving into houses at night from other areas processed by a different consultancy company.
- Councillors were unable to provide answers when questioned by community.
- Major problems encountered as a result of the (2) two steering committees.
- Submitted a notice of grievance to the Human Settlements Minister for the application of different sets of criteria’s.
- Provincial Government are responsible for sourcing of beneficiaries.
- Should a steering committee question the very criteria that a provincial government was applying based on a fact that they know of some needy people within an area, was problematic.
- Provincial means the department tasked to look after a very big area and if a steering committee want to dispute the information.
- One can dispute a malpractice but when a policy says we are building this project with percentages sourced from different areas because we are tasked to house these people why should it be disputed?
- Project started for a purpose when City of Cape Town do oversight we look at the allocation and hold them to task.
- In support with Cllr Fitz’s proposal
- Allegations / complaints against housing officials
- Plight of elderly disabled couple in (New Beginnings Development) still unresolved –letters to 2 Ministers (to date no response)
Greg De Villiers
- Possibility of Councillors attending site meetings?
- Insufficient information at steering committee meetings
- Councillors not able to feedback effectively on local labour requirements
- Correct platform to be / include the Contractor & CLO.
- Councillors welcome to attend progress / technical meetings.
- Councillors important stakeholders within a steering committee.
- Issues / Matters to be timeously submitted for agenda discussion.
- Advised Councillors not to attend technical meetings as it was not the correct platform.
- Councillors to focus on oversight responsibilities only.
- Corruption allegations with supporting documentation to be channelled to the steering committee for verification then onward to Greg De Villiers for investigation.
Meeting concluded: 11:16am
Minute taken by: Gavin Campbell