The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements has once again failed to reach its own set target for the First Quarter of the 2019/20 financial year.
According to the 2019/20 department’s First Quarter Performance Report they underperformed across all their targets.
The table below indicates the department’s programmes, first quarter planned targets and the outcomes:
|Department Programme||1st Quarter planned target||Outcomes|
|Approved beneficiaries allocated to available housing units||1906||405|
|Approved beneficiaries allocated to available serviced sites||2427||0|
|Land parcels acquired for development of human settlements||1||0|
|Sites serviced for the Integrated Residential Development Programme (IRDP) phase one which includes planning and services for informal settlements||200||0|
|Sites serviced for theIRDP phase two which includes; top structure construction: informal settlements||2227||343|
|Houses completed forthe Integrated Residential Development Programme phase two||1906||1706|
|Upgrading of Community Residential Units||41||0|
This clearly indicates that this department is not capable of delivering on its mandate.
The reasons given for the department’s underperformance are late payments of the contractors, poor performance by the contractors and delays in the appointment of contractors. All of these relate to project management, of which it seems the department is incapable.
It is completely unacceptable for the department to consistently underperform yet no one is held accountable.
This department is clearly not serious about delivering on its core mandate of providing houses to the people of this province. We challenge the Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Lebogang Maile, to walk the talk instead embarking on PR exercises.