Housing in Southern Africa’s latest edition features the inaugural National Human Settlements Conference in Port Elizabeth. The highlights include the new Innovative Building Technologies (IBT) Analyser developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in collaboration with the National Home Builders Registration Council.
The software tool enables decision makers and the professional team to select the appropriate IBT system for the various regions around the country. The Zanemvula Mega Project in the Eastern Cape aims to roll out 20 000 fully subsidised units over a 15 year period. The conference addressed issues of spatial patterns and the implication of a policy shift from ‘Housing to Human Settlements’. Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu has warned that there are a number of fake social media pages in her name promising tenders, jobs and economic opportunities. Urban renewal trends show that South African cities are undergoing a transformation as urban space is being reclaimed and former abandoned and dilapidated buildings are being restored, which enhances the skyline. Rent to own options are becoming increasingly popular as tight credit conditions at the big commercial banks often result in many buyers being unable to secure home loans. Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe announced that Treasury has devoted more resources to addressing the challenges of payment to suppliers. More than 17 000 invoices outstanding disputed invoices were paid within 30 days.
NHBRC’s IBT Analyser
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has designed and developed an innovative building technology analyser and user guide software in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The new software tool will assist builders, developers and architects to input data to determine the best innovative building system in 14 weather zones around the country.
The Zanemvula Mega Project
The Housing Development Agency has been appointed as the Implementing Agent for the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements Zanemvula Mega project. The greenfields projects of Chatty Extensions and Joe Slovo West will yield 20 000 fully subsidised units over 15 years. To date 8 071 units have been completed.
Fake Sisulu social media pages
The Ministry of Human Settlements has warned that there are a number of fake LinkedIn and Facebook accounts, which claim to be those of Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu. These fake pages offer tenders, economic opportunities and jobs.
Urban renewal trends
South African cities are undergoing a transformation. Reclaiming old, dilapidated buildings and restoring them through innovative residential developments and contemporary architecture has enhanced many city skylines.
Rent to own
Certain market conditions, such as tight credit conditions at the big commercial banks often results in buyers being unable to secure home loans. A typical rent to own contract allows the buyer to rent the property for a period of time, while paying off the purchase price in separate instalments.
More than 17 000 invoices paid within 30 days
Almost 17 688 legitimate invoices with a value of R340 million have been paid to suppliers within 30 days. This follows the establishment of a special unit in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation to tackle the non-payment of suppliers.