human settlements minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced that members of the newly established National Human Settlements War Room will help speed up the delivery of housing.
Kubayi announced the members during his department’s 2022 budget vote on Tuesday.
Led by Dan Gorbachev Mashitisho, the former director general of the Department for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as coordinator, the team that will bring the necessary skills to the sector includes:
- Abongile Dyariwe, specialist in project and construction management with a Master in Built Environment
- Patience Ntombifikile Ndlovu, Urban Planning Specialist with a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning
- Dr Mmaphaka Ephraim Tau, governance, strategic leadership and development expert who until recently was the head of the National Disaster Management Center
- Kwena Maphoto, infrastructure development specialist, civil engineering professional technologist
According to Kubayi, the war room should coordinate efforts, monitor and accelerate the various projects in the provinces, coordinate the support of various entities and consolidate relations at the war room.
For the financial year 2022/23, the department has a budget of R33 billion, of which R18.7 billion is for provincial grants, R11 billion for municipal grants and R1.6 billion will be transferred to human settlement entities.
The department intends to complete a scoping exercise of all blocked projects, including financial implications, by the end of 2022.
“The demand for social housing and student housing is overwhelming. Our social housing program is worth approximately Rand 140 billion. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that R64 billion of the R700 billion from the infrastructure fund will be spent on social housing and student housing. In an effort to facilitate access to property among government employees by using Help Me Buy a Home Subsidy as a tool, the NHFC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government Employee Housing Program. The MoU will allow qualified government employees to access FLISP subsidies, ”Kubayi said.
“The department has set aside a three-year period starting from the financial years 2022-2025 to close all blocked projects in the country. The department intends to undertake a scoping exercise that will include a site survey and estimation of all cost implications for unlocking the projects and a diagnostic report will be completed by the end of the year. “