Media Release: Human Settlements Scoops Prestigious Housing Award
9 May 2013
The Provincial Department of Human Settlements recently received recognition for their efforts in the Social Housing sector.
The Department’s Directorate: Affordable Housing was awarded "The Leading Social Housing Province 2013" at a ceremony hosted by the Social Housing Institute in Durban on 18 of April 2013.
The award was attributed to the general support provided by the Department to the Social Housing sector, which includes support to the Social Housing Institutions (SHI’s), Municipalities, National Department of Human Settlements (NDoHS), the Social Housing Regulatory Authority, Private Entities and the Financial Sectors. It was also in recognition of the Province’s understanding of the Social Housing Programme and product.
When the Social Housing Programme was initially introduced in 2008, the Province had two fully accredited institutions. By 2012 it increased to five and this year there are six Social Housing Institutions. These institutions are allowed to develop Social Housing Programmes and benefit from the Capital Restructuring Grant administered by the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA).
The Province has over the years, through the Social Housing Provincial Steering Committee, provided extensive support to the SHI’s.
In December 2013 the Province entered into an agreement with the SHRA, as required by the Social Housing Act. The agreement entitles the Province to assistance and support on different levels from the SHRA to deliver in the Social Housing sector.
Asked what the award means for the Department, the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela responded: "It shows we're on the right track in terms of diversifying the types of programmes we manage, more so in social housing. While I'm happy for the recognition this award brings there is still a lot that needs to be done. We need to increase budgets and the number of programmes contributing to our fiscas. The work undertaken in this area however has contributed significantly in providing housing opportunities for previously disadvantaged people."
Director of Affordable Housing, Kahmiela August further stated: "Social Housing provides opportunities for previously disadvantaged persons to live in areas like Bothasig or Milnerton for a rental starting at R680 per month. This human settlement tool truly contributes toward racial and economic integration and allows previously disadvantaged families access to real social and economic opportunities. It is an honour to receive the award, as it recognises the effort our Province is making to address the challenges of integrating our communities."
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