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Human Settlement input- Local Government Week: Building Sustainable Human SettlementsDirector- General: Mr T Zulu1 AUGUST 2012


  • Purpose

  • Vision and Mission

  • Problem statement

  • Areas for intervention

  • Policy considerations

  • Policy enhancements

  • Legislative & policy review

  • Governance, fraud and corruption

  • Institutional arrangements

  • Recommendations


  • The Purpose of this presentation is to provide the Departmental view on work done to respond to Human Settlement challenges through local Government as points of delivery

A nation housed in Sustainable human settlements with access to socio – economic infrastructure”


“To establish & facilitate a sustainable process that provides equitable access to adequate housing for all within the context of affordability of housing, services, access to social amenities & economic opportunities”

Problem Statement

  • Acute shortage of basic services and housing for the poor:

  • Affordable access to housing for the working class,

  • Creation of holistic living environments in South Africa

  • Unprecedented migration into the urban centers and resultant urban growth.

  • Growth of informal settlements and associated social ill.

Western Cape

Slum and informality

Problem Statement

  • Characterized by low family incomes,

  • Land speculation, and

  • Gaps in the implementation and regulatory policies, legislation and

  • Gaps in implementation frameworks - forced a substantial segment of our population to live in inadequate and precarious settlements

  • Below is a geographical location of these informal settlements;

Informal Settlements: NDHS, 2009




North West


Northern Cape

Free State

Eastern Cape

Western Cape

Areas for intervention

  • Government will develop appropriate legislation and funding and implementation frameworks to develop and prevent the creation poorly located

  • Plan for the provision of basic services, sustainable livelihoods

  • Plan for alternative basic services

  • Provision of rental stock and communal development models

Areas for intervention

  • The allocation of resources: not optimally allocated and results in poor outputs and outcomes

  • Direct resources to meet human Settlements and national Developmental goals and objectives.

  • See the reality we are creating as our future:


8072 projects

Policy considerations

  • Comprehensive consolidation of the policy developed and undertaken by Government be undertaken to ensure the Department of Human Settlements responds to the development needs and aspirations of the community.

  • This will take legislative amendment, policy rethink and enhancements

Policy enhancements

  • Green Paper on Human Settlements Development – Aimed at the developmental shift from the concept of housing to human settlements.

  • The drafting, adoption and enactment of a Human Settlements Development Act

  • Develop a framework for Monitoring and Oversight Planning, Funding and Implementation of National Development Priorities by Provinces and Municipalities

Policy enhancements

  • Enhance the national development mandates and priorities to ensure synergy of efforts and plans.

  • The Department proposes strengthening and tightening conditions for funding

  • Coordinate government efforts to fight poverty

  • Strengthen the co-ordination, Monitoring and evaluation regime

Policy enhancements

  • Enhance the Legislative Framework for a Consolidated Human Settlements Development Finance Institutions

  • Plan to investigation of a Human Settlements and Housing Bank so as to promote access to finance

  • We currently considering finding of a review into the Human Settlement Development Finance institutions

Policy enhancements

  • The institutions are the Rural Housing Loan Fund, NURCH and NHFC

  • They require a refocus to meet the enhanced mandate

  • Enhance the National Framework for the Management and Administration of Household and Beneficiary Administration- this is due to inaccurate data base

  • Development of policy for special and vulnerable groups. The Aged, Military veterans, children and orphans. Restoring dignity to our people



Policy enhancements

  • Policy on gender mainstreaming: Aimed at addressing inequality and empowerment of women, this will be through Gender mainstreaming

Legislative and policy review

  • Review of the Funding and Subsidy Framework and Architecture to Improve Outcomes and Sustainability of Programmes and Projects

  • Current funding framework has created a measure of dependence by citizen, this in the context of a slow growing economy

Governance, Fraud and Corruption

  • Review of the Current Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks to Improve Governance and Eradicate Fraud, Corruption and Maladministration

  • Evident seepage and leakage of resources from within the current system as a result of fraud, corruption and maladministration.

  • Review current frameworks for effectiveness of the system

  • Review White Paper on Sanitation to focus on integrated planning, development and funding

Governance, Fraud and Corruption

  • Afford Sanitation status of a national development priority.

  • Review of policy, legislation, regulations as well as the roles, responsibilities, functions and obligations of various government and non-government role-players in the planning, funding, implementation and monitoring of the sanitation function.

Governance, Fraud and Corruption

  • Regulatory Impact Assessment of Policy and Legislation in the realization of Sustainable Human Settlements Development with particular reference to the poor and working class

  • Impact assessment to be mandatory against set targets and objectives

Institutional arrangements

  • To this end, and aimed at realizing SERVICE DELIVERY, the Turn-Around Strategy has been completed.

  • The strategy is delivery focused

  • Re-oriented the Department to follow the money

  • Designed the Department to assess, monitor products and adherence to:

  • Project planning and compliances

  • Project funding, fund mobilization, delivery and impact

  • Project delivery and synergy of services

  • Facilitation and management of Public-Private partnerships and,

  • Sustainability of settlements

  • Capacity building for delivery and management of settlements



Emerald Sky

Eastern Cape

Social Housing

Western Cape

Integrated Human Settlements














Human Settlements Dept.





Inescapable Reality

  • We provide tangible social and economic infrastructure

  • Provide resources for market or customer attraction and mobilization;

  • Provide bulk infrastructure that require management and maintenance, thus creating jobs;

  • Increase municipal tax and revenue base;

  • Create room to attract future investment.


  • Future housing needs be done with due consideration to active participation by communities in the planning and implementation of programmes and projects.

  • Special attention must be given to the development and promotion of the community led initiatives including Co-Operative Human Settlement and Housing Development Model

  • Current subsidy framework is not sustainable under the economic and fiscal regime

Thank You

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