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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

Gauteng releases draft housing plan

By: laurian clemence     9th October 2003 Following a meeting in Johannesburg this week, which focused on housing and urbanisation challenges in Africa, the Gauteng Housing Department released details of a draft strategic plan for housing in the province. 

Housing developer eyes shopping-centre market

By: zeena isaacs     3rd October 2003 To date, housing developments company Nu-way has developed more than 50 000 houses, with an additional 5 000 currently being built, with a thousand in Mpumalanga and 4 000 in Gauteng. 

Timber firm progressing empowerment strategy

By: Deborah Spicer     12th September 2003 Forest products company York Timber Corporation (Yorkor) has made solid progress in its empowerment structures, announced chairperson Solly Tucker at a presentation on the results for the six months to June this year. 

SA firm building residential development

By: Martin Czernowalow     5th September 2003 Broad-based infrastructural company Group Five is about to conclude the first phase of an Angolan residential development contract said to be worth almost $100-million. 

R440m upgrade for home of Freedom Charter

By: nkolola halwindi     22nd August 2003 With a R440-million investment, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is busy with phase one of the redevelopment of Kliptown, south-west of Johannesburg. 

New R78m beachfront apartment block for Strand

By: Jill Stanford     22nd August 2003 A SPINNAKER-shaped apartment block is to be constructed on the Strand beachfront in the Western Cape. 

Infrastructure group builds 700 rental units in booming Rustenburg

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The housing construction arm of infrastructural company Group Five, Group Five Housing, has been actively involved in housing construction, from mass low-cost to upmarket housing developments, for over 25 years, throughout South Africa and neighbouring African countries. 

Another 450 apartments for popular Cape Town

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The construction of the first phase of 450 residential apartments in Century City, Cape Town, called The Island Club, began at the end of last month. 

Loan fund has so far provided R221m for rural housing

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF) has, to date, supplied more than 48 000 loans, amounting to more than R221-million, to assist an estimated 200 000 low-income South Africans to build and improve their rural homes. 

Counting the cost of housing defects

8th August 2003 “Serious consideration must be given to stop wasting millions of taxpayers’ money on repairs to defective homes in the affordable housing industry, especially due to the fact the expense could have been avoided. 

Housing industry in the process of professionalisation

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 The Institute for Housing of South Africa (IHSA) is a voluntary-based organisation, with only head office in Johannesburg having full time employees, namely the executive director, a researcher and an executive secretary. 

R150-million Cape upmarket residential development launched

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 Luxury residential schemes company Warner Projects launched a R150-million residential and retail complex, known as ‘t Waterkant, on the western side of the four hectare Tyger Falls lake, in Tyger Valley, Cape Town, at the end of June. 

Housing agency has delivered 123 000 new homes

By: zeena isaacs     8th August 2003 In March this year, the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha) had arranged finance for 571 projects involving the construction of more than 123 000 new homes. 

R1,3bn Alex renewal set for action

By: Deborah Spicer     8th August 2003 The R1,3-billion Alexandra (Alex) renewal project is gathering momentum after a two-year preparatory phase when it concerned itself primarily with consulting with the community, preparing documentation and doing detailed planning. 

Housing forum debates low-cost funding options

By: Martin Czernowalow     25th July 2003 The first Housing Finance Forum was held yesterday, in Johannesburg, under the auspices of the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC), a development finance institution responsible for facilitating access to housing finance for low- and moderate-income communities. 

Urban renewal gains momentum

15th July 2003 A multi-million rand project to upgrade the previously disadvantaged townships north of Durban through the national government's urban renewal project is gaining momentum with the commitment of R1,5-billion towards this development. 

Phetola Makgathe, National Home Builders Registration Council

4th July 2003 Full name: Phetola Nailana Solomon Makgathe Position: CEO of the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), since March 1, 2001 Main activity of the company: The NHBRC is a statutory body established in terms of the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act (No 95 of 1998) to protect... 

Cooperatives could be key BEE vehicle

By: Deborah Spicer     4th July 2003 A new Co-operatives Act and Co-operatives policy should be in place by November this year. 

Rental houses to be constructed in three provinces

26th June 2003 Thousands of rental housing units are soon to be constructed in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga following an agreement between government, the labour and private sectors. 

CT budgets for upgrade of growing informal settlements

By: katharine mckenzie     20th June 2003 This year the City of Cape Town municipality has set aside considerable resources in its annual budget to upgrade the large informal settlements that characterise Cape Town. 

Industrial CEO strongly critical of government

By: Martin Creamer     13th June 2003 One of South Africa’s longest-serving industrial CEOs has strongly criticised government’s management of the South African economy, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

RDP houses lacking in energy efficiency, says company

By: Helene Le Roux     6th June 2003 The Reconstruction and Development Programme’s (RDP’s) housing backlog of about three million units provide a window of opportunity for government to build dwellings that are energy-efficient. 

Polokwane budgets R38.2m for rural housing boom

4th June 2003 Polokwane intends building 1 700 houses in rural villages for the region's poorest residents. The ambitious R38,2-million municipal housing programme will, council spokesperson Manoko Matlala said yesterday, supplement similar provincial construction initiatives. 

Council to ensure quality of RDP housing

By: Luxolo Tyali     9th May 2003 State subsidised low-cost housing sector consumers will soon be protected against shoddy construction work by the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). 

St Johns Estate

30th April 2003 Name of the project and location St John’s Estate, Higgovale, Cape Town. Project description The project involves the development of an up-market residential complex on the historic St John hostel complex. The 3,6 ha Estate is situated on the lower slopes of Table Mountain and it is the... 

Angola raises $55m for housing project

25th April 2003 Angolan commercial banks have arranged a $55-million loan to the government to finance a housing project, the finance ministry said. 

Factory expands as housing demand rises

By: candice haase     18th April 2003 Anticipating a growth in the demand for houses, townhouses and cluster homes in the next two or three years, a Muldersdrift hollow-core floor producer expanded production capacity at its plant. 

The coves project

2nd April 2003 The new residential development will result in 300 new homes being built on the southern banks of the Hartbeesport dam. 

Log homes for R300m residential dam development

14th March 2003 Knysna’s T & B Log Homes will be playing a prominent role in a six sector R300-million residential development known as the Cove that is planned on 196 ha of farmland on the southern banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam, west of Pretoria. 

Gauteng to push ahead with R1bn Cosmo housing project

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th February 2003 The Gauteng Provincial Government said it would intensify its housing programme to ensure that Gauteng residents, particularly those living in ‘slums’ or are homeless, receive access to decent housing. 

Further tales of Bunny the architect

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st February 2003 After a time it occurred to Bunny that having a purple illuminated sign outside his office with ‘Perfect Solutions Architects’ written on it was probably impressive to some, but not, perhaps, to all. 

Objections delay R1,3bn housing project

By: Deborah Spicer     21st February 2003 The R1,3-billion Cosmo City housing project, located north of Johannesburg’s N1 highway between Hans Strijdom avenue and Beyers Naud 

R200m US funding for housing drive

24th January 2003 Last week saw the announcement of an agreement between the South African government and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) which will see the funding of a South African housing programme to the tune of R200-million, thereby bringing much-needed relief to thousands of the... 

Empowerment firms take part in Cape development

24th January 2003 TWO empowerment companies have joined the team that is developing Big Bay, the 121 ha housing, retail and commercial project taking shape at Bloubergstrand, in the Western Cape. 

R200m US grant for SA housing drive

10th December 2002 South African Housing Minister, Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele, has welcomed the R200-million grant from the Oversees Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to help in the construction of about 100 000 low-cost houses, for approximately 350 000 homeless people in the next five years. 

Results of pollution study expected soon

By: Deborah Spicer     15th November 2002 The results of a R1,6-million study to examine the potential socio-economic impact of measures to reduce air pollution from combustion in South Africa are expected to be out in six months. 

Easy living with intelligent homes of the future

By: Karel Smrcka     1st November 2002 There is a smart wired house in Duisburg, Germany. Even the car and the garden are integrated in the network. 

R50m boost for low income home loans market

By: nkolola halwindi     4th October 2002 In a R50-million boost from the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC), lending institution SouthFin will provide home ownership loans to end-users with household income of up to R7 500. 

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