This means that the department is moving away from implementing small sporadic housing projects and will be phasing out legacy projects.
The department will from now on up-scale the implementation of Mega projects and development of clustered and integrated smart Big Cities.
Tabling his budget vote at the legislature on Wednesday, MEC for Human Settlements Paul Mashatile said,
“We will continue with our urban renewal and informal settlement and hostel upgrading; student accommodation and ‘bad buildings’ programme cognisant that a substantial number, if not all, of these programme areas will eventually be integrated into the precincts of specific Mega-Projects,” said MEC Mashatile
As a way of improving the quality of life of people in the informal settlements, student accommodation and dilapidated buildings, MEC Mashatile said the department is implementing an ablution and sanitation programme in informal settlements. “Working together with municipalities, the department would eradicate the portable chemical toilet system and provide water borne infrastructure designed to provide toilet facilities, showers, laundry and washing spaces in each facility,” MEC Mashatile said
This programme will create job opportunities for local people, decrease diseases associated with lack of proper water and sanitation and eradicate environmental degradation.
As the student population increases, the demand for student housing also rises and the need to provide university students with decent, healthy, affordable and safe living places is reaching crisis levels.
MEC Mashatile said working with the Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF); the department is initiating a partnership with private sector developers and private property companies to respond to the high demand and low supply in the student accommodation market,”
MEC Mashatile said, “The accommodation initiative would contribute to the creation of jobs, create suitable living conditions that is often a pre-requisite for learning and overall performance, and provide affordable rental accommodation,” said MEC Mashatile
The Department of Human settlements have introduced a new programme that will facilitate and support people to build their own houses on identified pieces of land. The initiative will have an added benefit of reducing land invention.
The support will take the form of providing the entire bulk infrastructure required for basic services on the identified land, and the processing of the title deeds. “We are confident that this developmental initiative will increase the asset wealth of previously disadvantaged individuals and speed up the delivery of houses. We are also confident that this initiative will have the added benefit of discouraging land invasions,” said MEC Mashatile
The Department of Human Settlements is prioritising the escalation and fast tracking the issuing of title deeds as any delay in issuing title deeds may be a delay in confirming ownership to the people.
“we have, in partnership with the Deeds Offices, Municipalities, Master’s Office and Chief Surveyor General’ Office, re-engineered the process. We have also enlisted project management capacity and conveyancers, revised upwards our annual targets, and established a Provincial Title Deeds Steering Committee, which serves as a coordinating forum for information and decisions on matters of title deeds, “said MEC Mashatile
To deal with the efficient beneficiary administration and Title Deed Management, the Human Settlements long-term solution is to establish a biometric system that will help maintain credible information with end-to-end capabilities to track all information, which cannot be tempered.
“Our system will enable us to issue title deeds within the same year that the beneficiary takes occupation of their house, to ensure that backyard dwellers, military veterans and persons with disabilities are clearly identified and listed as beneficiaries,” concluded MEC Mashatile.