Two awards were bestowed at the Newcastle Municipality when the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements hosted the Govan Mbeki Awards on the 14th of September 2017, at the Greyville Convention Centre. Newcastle Municipality took to stage to accept the award for Best Accredited Municipality: Level 2, beating the City of Mhlathuzi Municipality, KwaDukuza Municipality and Alfred Duma Municipality. Newcastle Municipality also took second runner-up under the category; Best Rural Housing Project for the Khathide Phase ll Rural Housing Project.
Newcastle Municipality was awarded a Level 2 Housing Accreditation status in September 2012 which gave the municipality a full programme management and administration of housing programmes within its municipal area jurisdiction. This encompasses project planning, evaluation and approval, subsidy planning, registration and administration as well as ensuring technical quality assurance at construction stages of housing projects.
The Govan Mbeki Awards 2017 was hosted by the Honourable MEC Ravi Pillar and dignitaries from the Department of Human Settlements and KZN Municipalities. This was not the first time Newcastle Municipality took to stage to accept an award from the MEC of Human Settlements. In 2013, Newcastle Municipality won the Provincial Govan Mbeki Awards for the Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality in KZN and later was also awarded the status for the Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality at the National level at the Prestigious Awards held at the Gallagher Estate in June 2013. In 2016, the Municipality received first runner-up, sharing the award for Best Level 2 Accredited Municipality with eThekwini Municipality.
The Govan Mbeki Awards aim to promote a culture of excellence within the Human Settlements sector in the delivery of quality human settlements and dignity to communities. The awards are named after Govan Mbeki to acknowledge the role he played and the vision he had regarding the preservation of human dignity and the provision of human settlements for all.
This is one of the greatest achievements for Newcastle Municipality, we are committed in making a difference in terms of housing development and changing our people’s lives. We have greater plans as a municipality to deliver different housing opportunities to cater for all.