Oct 03, 2012
Adequate, appropriately positioned housing key to SA developmentBack
Johannesburg|Rustenburg|Africa|Building|Education|Housing|International Housing Solutions|Projects|Public Investment Corporation|Sustainable|Systems|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|Water
© Reuse this
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© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Infrastructure News
Updated 4 hours ago A new tool that provides municipalities with a prewritten tender and contract, which can easily be adapted to suit the specific needs and circumstances of a particular region, is now available and is expected to help municipalities curb water losses. The Model...
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
Updated 12 minutes ago Paper and packaging group Mpact has concluded a broad-based black-economic empowerment (BBBEE) deal that will see a purpose-formed trust subscribing for 10% of the ordinary issued shares in group subsidiary Mpact Operations, which holds its South African businesses....
Updated 17 minutes ago With South African business and consumer confidence being negatively affected by the unfavourable exchange rate and power cuts, JSE-listed Nampak the performance of its local businesses was under pressure, particularly its home business division. The company said on...
Updated 19 minutes ago Throwing open a process often criticised for its lack of transparency and frequent irregularities, the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) for the first time on Wednesday opened the adjudication of a tender to the public, describing it as an effort to improve...
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
Projected capital expenditure (capex) in the South African automotive assembly industry should reach a record R7.48-billion this year, says the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) in its 2014 fourth quarter business review. Capex...
After several years of navigating project-threatening red tape and currency fluctuations, the 4.4 MW Bronkhorstspruit biogas power plant, which will supply clean energy to a leading automotive manufacturer in Gauteng, is expected to enter production before June....
South African paper and pulp producer Sappi reported earlier this month that it would build a pilot plant for the production of low-cost Cellulose NanoFibrils, or CNF (nanocellulose) at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen in the Netherlands.
The long-term outlook for Nigeria is a country that has the potential to be very strong. So affirmed International Monetary Fund (IMF) Nigeria Mission Chief and Senior Resident Representative Dr Gene Leon on recently. "But we are starting from a point of huge...
Poor infrastructure planning and inadequate maintenance are becoming increasingly problematic for new developments and the associated infrastructure required to support such developments. In many urban and rural municipalities, the state of infrastructure has been...