R/€ = 15.16Change: -0.03
R/$ = 13.35Change: -0.02
Au 1156.06 $/ozChange: -2.88
Pt 981.00 $/ozChange: 2.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Oct 03, 2012

Adequate, appropriately positioned housing key to SA development

Johannesburg|Rustenburg|Africa|Building|Education|Health|Housing|International Housing Solutions|Projects|Public Investment Corporation|Sustainable|Systems|transport|Water|Africa|South Africa|Marikana Mine|Electricity|Health Services|Positioned Housing Infrastructure|Services|Solutions|Sustainable Human Settlement Solutions|Systems|Transport Networks|University Of Cape Town|Elias Masilela|François Viruly|Infrastructure|Jacob Zuma|Kecia Rust|Manuel
|Africa|Building|Education|Health|Housing|Projects|Sustainable|Systems|transport|Water|Africa|||Services|Solutions|Systems||University Of Cape Town|Infrastructure|
© Reuse this

If South Africa failed to implement sustainable human settlement solutions, the effects would be felt for a long time, Minister in the Presidency responsible for the National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the International Housing Solutions affordable housing conference, in Johannesburg, he pointed out that the events at the Marikana mine, in Rustenburg, revealed the socioeconomic issues faced by South Africans and indicated that a paradigm shift was required.

While South Africa has made some progress in building a better life for its citizens, the nation has not achieved its core responsibilities and aims, including that of delivering reasonable, adequate shelter.

Manuel said South Africa needed to develop adequate, appropriately positioned housing infrastructure, allowing communities access to education, water, electricity, health services, affordable public transport networks and employment opportunities.

He pointed to the fact that, while three-million people have been housed since 1994, many were located far away from the country’s “economic hubs” and remained in poverty, owing to inadequate land use and spatial planning.

Further, an inability to deal with poverty, inequality and unemployment would continue to widen the gap in the housing market.

Currently only 15% of households in South Africa had access to bonds, another 60% qualified for subsidised housing, and the remaining 25% did not qualify for a subsidy or a bond.

Manuel added that the fact that only 15% of individuals in South Africa were able to take care of themselves independent of the State was a “failure of mass proportions”.

Planning around population shifts was also critical as it was expected that, by 2030, over 11-million people would migrate to urban areas, which about 30-million South Africans already occupied.

University of Cape Town Professor Francois Viruly agreed that urbanisation would create a challenge in housing, citing the expectation that over 10-million people would migrate to Gauteng alone over the next 30 to 40 years.

The National Development Plan, which Manuel tabled with President Jacob Zuma in August, highlighted the critical area of human settlement development, as well as a number of other key drivers of change in the country, and outlined strategies moving forward.

The plan looks at how to transform where people live, how government could break the pattern of building “soulless little boxes” and instead facilitate the development of communities.

But Manuel said that collaboration, partnerships and alliances were required to ensure success.

Despite the interests of the State and business not always being aligned – the former to improve quality of life for citizens and the latter to drive profits – the country could drive the changes together, the Minister added.

Elias Masilela, the CEO of the Public Investment Corporation, which has invested R2.6-billion in, besides others, low-cost housing projects and private equity for housing developments, said South Africa’s development could fall further behind other emerging nations if the country did not invest in, and plan for, housing infrastructure, water, electricity and transport systems.

He highlighted that, despite efforts by South Africa’s government to supply adequate housing for its citizens, a backlog of between 2.1-million and 2.5-million subsidised houses remained, while 12-million people still required adequate housing.

Currently, about 12.8% of South African households lived in Reconstruction and Development programme subsidised houses, while 13.5% of households had at least one person on the waiting list for subsidised housing.

FinMark Trust housing finance theme coordinator Kecia Rust said that about 60% of the South African population earned less than R3 000 a month and were eligible to apply for subsidised housing.

The Department of Human Settlements aimed to eliminate the backlog by 2030 and has committed R16-billion a year to fund housing projects.

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Construction News
Outgoing Seifsa president Ufikile Khumalo
Downscaling by South African primary steel producers was “unavoidable” despite recent protection measures, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Ufikile Khumalo cautioned on Friday. Khumalo is also chairperson of...
Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium creditors would, on Tuesday October 13, vote on a business rescue plan, which included a recommendation that International Resources Limited (IRL), of Hong Kong, be allowed to purchase the company. The vote was initially set for...
LEADING THE WAY The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has embarked on a study to determine a more precise cost of green building in South Africa
Voluntary quantity surveying association the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is formulating plans to accelerate not only its own but also the general construction industry’s understanding and increased use of sustainable construction...
Latest News
South African Airways (SAA) has enhanced its partnership with the airline’s in-flight duty-free concessionaire Tourvest Inflight Retail Services (TIRS), enabling Voyager members to earn miles when buying duty-free products and spend their miles when shopping for...
South Africa's new visa regulations are having an adverse impact on the country's tourism industry without proof that they are making any impact on child trafficking, according to Hussein Dabbas, International Air Traffic Association (Iata) regional vice-president...
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a semi-autonomous solution for early pothole detection to potentially replace the often time-consuming expensive manual road inspection. Showcasing the Visual Surveying Platform (VSP), CSIR...
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
This Week's Magazine
BUSINESS LEADERS PANEL Adam Craker, Ivor Chipkin, Alan Hosking and Allon Raiz at the 6th IQ Business Active Growth conference
At the sixth IQ Business conference held in Sandton last month, a panel of business leaders and academics advocated that business reclaims the initiative to spur growth in South Africa amid fragmented and haphazard political direction. Management consulting firm IQ...
The building industry is an essential component of the South African economy as it contributes about 15% to the gross fixed investment that drives the economy. However, with the country’s economy going through a tough time currently, this, in turn, reflects on the...
The recipients of the 2015 South African National Energy Association (Sanea)/South African National Energy Development Institute Energy (Sanedi) Awards were announced at a ceremony and banquet in Sandton last month. Sanea chairperson Brian Statham named Exxaro CEO...
ASHER BOHBOT EOH’s corporate goals were originally aspirations, but the company is relevant and is making a difference in the territories it operates in
As South African information technology (IT) firm EOH posted another full year of strong growth, CEO Asher Bohbot, known for his frank words, people-centric management style and stoic humanism, attributed the company’s continued South African and African growth to...
International heavy-equipment engine manufacturer Cummins’ regional distribution centre (RDC) in Woodmead, Gauteng, has halved the average logistics distribution time for clients in Southern Africa and allowed for critical or long-lead stock to be kept closer to...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96