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In a historic moment for the province of Limpopo, Polokwane Municipality has become the first municipality to be granted the authority to oversee housing and human settlement initiatives independently. The monumental agreement was formalized through the signing of the Level 2 Housing Implementation Accreditation Protocol, a significant milestone that marks a new era in housing administration for the region.

The pivotal accord was signed by the Head of Department (HoD) of the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) in Limpopo, Dr. Modjadji Malahlela, and the Municipal Manager of Polokwane, Ms. Thuso Nemugumoni. The ceremony was graced by the presence of Honourable Basikopo Makamu, MEC for COGHSTA, whose words underscored the gravity of the occasion.

MEC Makamu emphasized the profound impact of this moment on the province's residents, particularly those within Polokwane Municipality. "This day is an occasion of great importance for the residents of our province and, more specifically, the Polokwane Municipality," stated MEC Makamu. "It is a time for joy and celebration, a day that should be etched into memory and preserved in our archives."

The MEC went on to elaborate on the significance of Polokwane assuming full control of housing administration, citing the constitutional and legislative frameworks that underpin this transition. "Today, the City of Polokwane is entrusted with a tremendous constitutional and legislative responsibility as they assume full control of housing administration," he affirmed.

MEC Makamu, highlighting the vision encapsulated within the accreditation protocol,  painted a vivid picture of empowered communities and thriving townships. "Imagine communities where every family has a home — a place to build memories, a sanctuary to nurture dreams," he articulated. "This is not a utopian dream. It is a foreseeable reality and the blueprint for our action."

Echoing this sentiment, Polokwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Makoro John Mpe, articulated the municipality's unwavering commitment to realizing this vision. "Housing is not merely a basic human need; it is a fundamental human right," emphasized Mayor Mpe. "The signing of this protocol signifies our commitment to shouldering the responsibility of providing housing and human settlement ourselves."

Executive Mayor Mpe emphasized the significance of the trust placed in Polokwane Municipality by provincial and national counterparts, affirming the municipality's dedication to fulfilling this responsibility with humility and determination. "We accept this responsibility with humility, determination, and unwavering dedication to the well-being of our community," he stated.

In conclusion, Mayor Mpe reiterated Polokwane Municipality's acceptance of the responsibilities outlined in the Housing Implementation Protocol, calling for collective resolve and unity in building a brighter future for all residents. "Let us move forward with determination, compassion, and a sense of purpose, knowing that together, we can build a brighter future for all," he affirmed.

With the signing of the Level 2 Housing Implementation Accreditation Protocol, Polokwane Municipality embarks on a transformative journey towards housing empowerment, poised to unlock the immense potential within its communities and pave the way for a more equitable and prosperous future.