Minister Lindiwe Sisulu currently oversees three portfolios in Cabinet but the imprint of her time in defence and military veterans is not forgotten as illustrated by a recent handover in Savannah City, south-west of Johannesburg.
She was on site to present new home owners with title deeds, hand a new reservoir to the local authority– covering two of her three responsibilities – as well as present house keys to military veterans. The third leg of her current portfolio is sanitation, falling squarely into the services aspect of housing provision.
Savannah City is, according to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, a green field project started five years ago to accommodate communities from informal settlements, backyard dwellers and other communities in Emfuleni and Midvaal local municipalities as well as from the Johannesburg Metro. To date more than four thousand “housing units” including Breaking New Ground (BNG/RDP), financed linked individual subsidy (FLISP) and bonded houses have been built.
“Our visit is all encompassing from human settlements to ensuring the community has sufficient water reserves. This is a project bearing testament to the work government has done in creating new human settlements and restoring dignity to marginalised people,” the former defence and military veterans minister said at the handover attended by current deputy defence and military veterans minister Thabang Makwetla.