Gauteng project scoops top UN award

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Johannesburg - Gauteng's Alexandra Renewal Project has been chosen to receive a Scroll of Honour from the United Nations.

Gauteng's MEC for Local Government and Housing, Kgaogelo Lekgoro will leave early next month to the United States to receive the award from UN Habitat, for the province's flagship urban revitalization project.

"We are delighted that we have been selected to receive this award. We see this as a vote of confidence on the policies that we have pursued as government," said Lekgoro.

The Alexandra Project was established in 2001 as an urban regeneration project that aimed to bring social, economic, physical and institutional developments to the historic township.

Its aims among others was to build houses and parks, fix urban infrastructure, convert hostels into family units and change the urban landscape of Alexandra.

According to UN Habitat many candidates were considered for the award.

"It was our unanimous opinion that the Alexandra Renewal Project should receive the award this year for its outstanding efforts in upgrading the housing, social and physical infrastructure of the Alexandra neighbourhood and improving the living conditions for its residents," it said.

UN Habitat is the UN's agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.