The North West province Department of Human Settlements reports that the province has undertaken a project to construct 1 956 houses by the end of August, as part of the National Women Build project that commemorates the women’s march of 1956 to the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, in protest against the extension of the use of passes to women by the Apartheid regime.
The first 54 units will be constructed at the Boikhutso location, in Lichtenburg, and its completion will mark the fifty-fourth anniversary of the march.
The National Women Build project, originally started in 2005, in Gauteng, has been hosted by different provinces, where houses have been built for vulnerable and marginalised women to commemorate one of the largest demonstrations in this country’s history, the department reports. This year, the National Women Build project will be hosted by the North West province.
National Women Build seeks to promote the spirit of volunteerism as well as public–private partnership (PPP). A number of financial institutions, construction-related companies and sector departments will play a significant role in ensuring the success of this year’s National Women Build.
Human Settlements MEC Desbo Mohono has called for private-sector institutions to join forces with the department to ensure the success of this initiative.
“Private-sector companies have been challenged to join government in responding practically and directly to the housing needs of all the people, especially the poor and vulnerable.”
Mohono says that the National Women Build project helps in accelerating the pace and improving the quality of housing delivery through a partnership with stakeholders and by promoting the spirit of letsema (working together) in the country.
“The project further promotes women’s access to econo- mic opportunities within the housing industry and strengthens the PPP programme” she concludes.