KZN Govan Mbeki awards 2018:
2nd runner up  – best accredited municipality level 2
Winner – Best Community Residential Units: Klaarwater
Winner  - Best IRDP project:  Cornubia phase 1b
Winner - Best Social Housing project: Hampshire
2nd runner up Social Housign project: Hilltops
Winner -  most beautified clean and enhanced project - Oakford priory
1st runner up Informal Settlement Upgrade project  - Woodyglen 
National Govan Mbeki awards 2018:
eThekwini was honored with following awards at the 2018 National Govan Mbeki award ceremony:
• Best Social Housing Project (Hampshire, Pinetown)
• Best Integrated Residential Development Project (Cornubia phase 1B)
• Second runner up Metropolitan Municipality
Officials from eThekwini Human Settlements recive the prize for best Integrated Residential Development Project
International awards:
The Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation is co-sponsored by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) and the City of Guangzhou.

It aims to recognize innovation in improving social, economic and environmental sustainability in cities and regions and, in so doing, to advance the prosperity and quality of life of their citizens.
Human Settlements Unit and Water and Sanitation Unit were jointly recognized as amongst the top 15 global initiatives shortlisted for the award and were invited to present at the Urban Innovation Conference 2018 on the expansion of basic services through innovative partnerships.
Officials from Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements Units along with Councilor Mpume Sithole at the Guangzhou Awards

The KZN Govan Mbeki awards 2017
1. The KZN Govan Mbeki awards were held on 14 September 2017 at the Greyville Convention Centre.

Emaphaleni in the Western region was winner in both the ‘Best Informal Settlement Upgrading’, and ‘Most Beautified, Clean and Enhanced Neighborhood’ categories. ‘Best Integrated Residential Development Project’ went to Cornubia in the North.  Jacobs and Klaarwater Community Residential Units (CRUs) were deemed first runner up in the ‘Best CRU’ category, and Hampshire in the ‘Best Social Housing Project’ category.

Emaphaleni project, winner of 2 KZN Govan Mbeki awards
2. The National Govan Mbeki awards were held on 9 November at Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg.  eThekwini was recognized as the “Best Metropolitan Municipality”.  That award is given to the Metro who has shown the greatest “passion, ingenuity and power” in delivering services to its residents and acknowledges the important role of the metros in the growth of the South African economy.
eThekwini Municipality was a winner at the annual Govan Mbeki awards in 2016.  The City was credited with the best Community Residential units, for the recently built family units in the Glebelands precinct.
Head of Department Beryl Mphakathi receives the award from MECs COGTA and Public Works/ Human Settlements.


  • National:  Best CRU (Glebelands)
  • Provincial: Best CRU (Glebelands)
  • Best Informal Settlement Upgrade (Kingsburgh West)
  • Runner Up Best Informal Settlement Upgrade (Welbedacht)
  • Best Social Housing Project (Lakehaven 2)
  • Runner Up Best Accredited Level 2 Municipality


  • National: Best Metropolitan municipality
  • Provincial: Best Social Housing Project (Avoca Hills)


  • National: Best Priority Project (Cornubia)
  • Best Enhanced People’s Housing Process project (Namibia Stop 8)
  • Provincial: Best Informal Settlements Upgrade (Umlazi Infill Part 5) 
  • Best Social Housing Project Category (Lakehaven Phase 1)
  • Best Priority Project (Cornubia)