Impumelelo Awards Trust, S. Africa

The Saamstaan Housing Project, an initiative of the Swartland Municipality in 1997 to address the issue of an increasing homeless population and to stabilise two polarised communities, that of the black Illinge Lethu townships and that of the coloured Wesbank township. Since then 1 553 people have been provided with ownership of their houses, unemployment has decreased because a large number of people are employed on the building sites, while others have received skills training which has opened opportunities for them in the construction industry. To tackle the project Swartland formed partnership with surrounding municipalities and departments in the government of the Western Province as well as the National Electricity Council and the national Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs. This led to the development of a suburb, which is attractively laid out, a factor that has inspired people to plant gardens and engendered a feeling of pride among homeowners.

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