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Municipal Infrastructure & Services

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. 

World's first cardboard building is constructed

By: Karel Smrcka     27th September 2002 When a school needed an after-hours club, inventors in the UK constructed what is possibly the world’s first cardboard building, using a timber truss to support the centre of the roof. 

Company moots wire beneficiation

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 Developing the worldwide market for its wire-products, East Rand-based Barnes Fencing Industries has seen potential for its products. 

$8,5m Copperbelt housing project approved

By: Laura Franz     20th September 2002 Pridwin Property Investments has started the construction of a housing complex estimated at $8,5-million in the prime suburb of Kitwe on the Copperbelt, in Zambia. 

Gauteng has spent R5bn on housing since 1994

By: Martin Czernowalow     12th September 2002 In his presentation of the annual departmental report, the Gauteng Housing MEC Paul Mashatile said on Tuesday the Gauteng Housing Department has spent approximately R 5-billion and delivered 275 383 serviced stands and 175 034 houses since 1994. 

Loan means 90 000 new homes for SA poor

3rd September 2002 Poor people in South Africa will be able to build 90 000 new homes thanks, to a $15-million (R150-million) loan guarantee provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) of the US. 

Government housing funds benefit women in business

16th August 2002 GOVERNMENT housing financing agencies, such as National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency (Nurcha), Rural Housing Loan Fund (RHLF) and Women for Housing (WFH), have channeled some R300-million to historically-disadvantaged women. 

Housing minister challenges banks

15th August 2002 South Africa's housing minister yesterday renewed her criticism of banks that refuse to lend to the low-earning black majority and urged them to devise home-loan products for young and poor blacks. 

Mortarless bricks speed up construction

By: vanessa vasques     9th August 2002 A new technology is currently being marketed in South Africa which its manufacturers say will change the way low-cost housing is built. 

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