South African Housing Minister’s Budget Speech – all the targets

The Minister of Human Settlements made her budget speech today. I made some notes for myself as there was so much content and decided it would be better to share them – hope you find at least one or two useful points among them. My occasional comments are in italics.

The targets were quite neatly set out for 100 days, 12 months and 5 years respectively, which makes easy reading:

100-day targets

  1. Plan revitalisation of mining towns with Chamber of Mines, banking sector and provinces
  2. Issue title deeds for pre- and post-1994 stock
  3. N2 Gateway Project in Cape Town, to become a National Project again
  4. Re-embark on mega-projects, including revitalising Cosmo City
  5. Credible waiting list data – service level agreement with SITA – Housing database to be set up within 100 days
  6. Sign a social contract with the Banking Association
  7. Restructure the Human Settlements entities – Housing Development Agency (HDA) to become a fully-fledged development agency to acquire, develop, project manage and assist municipalities (but no mention of any capital budget to acquire land)
  8. Explore absorption of the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) into the National Department.
  9. Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) to be placed under administration and explore its absorption into the National Department
  10. Establish a Women and Youth Construction Programme
  11. Establish a training academy with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC)
  12. EAAB will train young black candidate estate agents
  13. Youth brigade to be established in each province
  14. All indigent military veterans to receive houses in less than 3 years and train them to build their own houses
  15. Resolve the “thorny contestation” between local and provincial spheres regarding accreditation

12-month target

  1. Master Spatial Plan for Human Settlements to be developed for provision of infrastructure and amenities
  2. Enhance the Housing Database to track ownership history
  3. HDA to develop a register to track subsidies awarded, developments with subsidy funding and land acquisition in all provinces
  4. Review policies and legislation
  5. Each province to launch a plan to deliver 10,000 house and 5,000 serviced stands over the next 5 years, in the proportion of 20% rental units, 20% Gap, 30% BNG, 10% social housing and 20% serviced sites for employer-assisted housing.

5-year Plan

  1. Deliver 1.5 million houses
  2. Complete the revitalisation of mining towns
  3. Complete the Master Spatial Plan for Human Settlements

Other Points Raised

  1. NDoHS will seek legal advice on expropriation of buildings with absentee landlords and review the PIE Act
  2. Over 1 million employees earn between R1,500 and R10,000 per month, searching for houses costing between R100,000 and R250,000 each. Current backlog of 600,000 units in the affordable market. Revive the social contract drawn up in 2005 and draw employers into the contract. Government, as the biggest employer, will have to be a major player. [Watch this space …..]
  3. Great demand for rental in cities and centres of economic development for low income earners and students – social housing will be used for sustainable provision of affordable housing. [The link between social housing and student accommodation has not been made formally before – could this be an indication of something to come?]
  4. Planning discussions with big employers and representatives of employees to see how serviced sites can be leveraged to assist employees to own houses.
  5. An audit company will be appointed to audit some of the housing entities and the responsibility that the DoHS should have had over them.
  6. Landowners must protect the land they own – once a land invasion has occurred their land loses value. “Due processes” have to be followed when removing occupiers of land. The law is intended to protect the rights of people who have established their homes and the owners of private property. [This statement might need further clarification at some point, as it could be interpreted to suit the occupier or the land owner.]
  7. Delivery of homes has dropped by 25% over the past 5 years – explanations were blocked pipelines, financial arrangements and other matters. The target for the next 5 years needs to include making up for the deficit, so has been set at 1.5million housing opportunities.

My Overall comments:

  • Good to see that something is going to be done about the state of administration and title deeds.
  • Emphasis on employer-assisted housing, which has not been addressed for a long time, but looks as if it will gain more impetus this time.
  • Some quite radical changes in method of delivery have been suggested, with emphasis on delivery by women and the youth.
  • What will arise from the policy and legislation review?
  • Very sad to see the SHRA being placed into administration, and slightly concerned about projects with unfulfilled funding commitments and future projects, but let’s hope these will be allowed to continue.
  • There is silence about the proposed consolidation of the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC), NURCHA and RHLF.  The briefing notes state that RHLF will be incorporated into the NHFC, but what is happening to NURCHA? 
  • If land acquisition and development is to be given impetus, the HDA needs to be given a capita budget to fulfil its mandate.

Hope you found this useful. Let’s see how all these plans work out over the coming months and years…..

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3 responses to “South African Housing Minister’s Budget Speech – all the targets

  1. I would like to add on the housing part,im a mother of to boys whereas my eldest son keeps on askin me when we gona get a house,besides that ive got a weak husband who cant take a punch and by that i mean stress so then he falls back on the drugs and in prison,so i sat with him and ask him what is the problem he said to me he cant handle me workin alone and the pressure my family puts on him and if he could turn the clock he would never got hes name dirty he got criminal records thats why he cant get a decent job,i am nt permanent but am working for an agency so i cant apply for a bank house im on the council data ba se for 8years i just wish i can get one of the houses they gona build know couse i can spend the money on a house than on the wendy to make sure its warm and not leaking for the sake of my kids health,please if anyone read this please speak to the minster i know theres people with more problems than mine but i feel help those on drugs listen to them and do something you dont have to go to a rehab to become the man or the brother,son,father or grandpa to get of drugs just help them to better there lifes thank you i hope i will here from you very soon

    1. Pascoline, please follow up with the Council about where you are on the housing waiting list. Eight years is a long time – they should be able to respond to your situation… Good luck.

    2. Hi Pascoline. I sent your comment to the Minister of Housing, Lindiwe Sisulu. Her office wrote back to say that they are glad you told her of the issue, and that they’re exploring what can be done to assist you and your family. Of course, the Minister has a whole country to respond to, so this may take time, but I think its very good that she knows of your housing situation.