Mpumalanga awards best woman builder for good work

The quality of work done by contractors involved in the development of human settlements around the province came under spotlight during the Govan Mbeki Awards ceremony in Emalahleni.


The annual Govan Mbeki Awards (GMA) celebrates quality work by stakeholders in the built sector. The Awards were named after the late freedom struggle stalwart Govan Mbeki. They were initiated in 2006 to encourage and showcase excellence, and recognise exceptional performance in the human settlements delivery value chain.


Human Settlements Head, Kebone Masange who opened the ceremony said the Department was not going to compromise on the quality of its services and Government was doing all it could to ensure that those contracted build houses of high quality.


“This sector is one of the most complex anyone could ever know. There is so much that comes with it and everything of it must be done in the right way,” explained Masange.


Masange also warned underperforming contractors saying that the Department would blacklist those companies that do shoddy work. “It is proper for us to appreciate the good service however, that does not mean we should not point out any sloppy work done and such would not be left unpunished.”


Woman contractor Dion Mhlongo who has been constructing houses for 17 years was ecstatic when her company, DR Bongane won an award as an Established Woman Contractor for the year.


She thanked the Department for recognising the good work done by contractors. “It’s exciting to be among the winners but what is more important, is the recognition of the hard work we put in every day together with my team,” she said. The Govan Mbeki Awards have since inception created a competitive environment among developers which has helped to improve the quality of services delivered in human settlements sector,


Human Settlements MEC, Speedy Mashilo urged contractors to work with speed saying housing provision prioritized the most needy people such as the elderly, child headed households and people living with disabilities. “We must go back to basics. Young men shouldn’t expect government to build houses for them; instead they should work hard and build houses for their families,” said Mashilo.


The overall winners in all the ten Competing Categories were:


Baphi Investment Best Informal Upgrading Project
Shirdo Trading Best Integrated Residential Development Programme
KD Madonsela Trading and Projects Best Rural Housing Project
LLG Projects Best Non-Subsidy Market
DR Bongani Investment Best Established Women Contractor
Asishiyelene Supply Best Youth Emerging Contractor
Prince of Tides Best Community Residential Units
Umziwethu Holdings Best Finance Linked Individual Subsidy (CRU)
Govan Mbeki Local Municipality Best Accredited Municipality Level 1
Steve Tshwete Local Municipality Best Accredited Municipality Level 2


Provincial winners will compete with their counterparts at the National Govan Mbeki Awards ceremony that will take place at Gallagher Estate in Gauteng.