2024-w131 - 23 February 2024

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Considering that the President, Mr. M C Ramaphosa, has recently announced that R1 billion has been allocated to build approximately 4,000 houses across municipalities in the Northern Cape Province, how will her department ensure that, the specified project does not impact housing provisions in the rest of the Republic, especially considering the large housing backlog?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 23 Feb 2024

The Northern Cape Province approached the Development Bank of Southern Africa (the Lender) to finance the acceleration of the human settlement’s development programme. The borrowing is pursued in line with the provisions of section 3 (6) of the Borrowing Act and the current Division of Revenue Act (DoRA) through a pledge of the indicative Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) for the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework ...

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2024-w36 - 23 February 2024

Mzwanele Manyi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(a) What (i) risk assessment and (ii) mitigation strategies are employed by her department when approving housing projects in dolomitic areas, considering the real dangers associated with sinkholes, (b) how are the specified measures communicated to the affected communities, (c) what specific regulatory frameworks and building codes does she enforce to ensure that construction practices prioritise the safety of residents and (d) how does her department collaborate with local authorities to enforce and monitor compliance in the high-risk regions?

2024-w44 - 21 February 2024

Nosipho Makamba-Botya to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

What is the reason for the delay by her department in completing the housing project in uThukela Region in Alfred Duma Local Municipality, Ward 9, which started in 2018 and stands incomplete to this day?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 21 Feb 2024

The KZN Provincial Department of Human Settlements indicates that there are two factors that contributed to the delays of the Umbulwane Area H Housing Project-

(i) STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

In November 2018 to February 2019 severe weather patterns led to the Umbulwane area experiencing extended heavy rainfall, which resulted in the existing stormwater arrangements not able to limit/mitigate the extensive flooding of portions of the ...

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2024-w77 - 21 February 2024

Ntombi Valencia Khumalo to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

What are the full details of (a) her department’s alternative building technology in relation to implementation across all provinces and (b) the total number of occupied units as a result of the use of the alternative building technology as at the latest date for which information is avaible?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 21 Feb 2024

(a) and (b)

Project name

Project Location

IBT System utilised

Number of Houses entrolled as IBT

Number of houses constructed and occupied as IBT

Number of houses still to be built on IBT

1. Transhex Mega Projects, BNG/Social/Gap Housing

Western Cape, Worcester

Ikhaya future house Moladi Envirolite

1410

190

1220

2. Umlazi F6, BNG/Social/Gap Housing

KZN, Umlazi

SANJO Fabtech Building system

Change ...

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2024-w40 - 21 February 2024

Yazini Tetyana to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1) What (a) measures have been put in place to (i) develop and (ii) implement a comprehensive plan to address the housing crisis in Kya Sands in Johannesburg, considering the urgent need for improved living conditions and infrastructure such as sanitation facilities and drainage systems and (b) specific measures have been taken to ensure that residents are protected from the immediate threat of infectious diseases, given the alarming density of makeshift dwellings and the lack of proper sanitation facilities, especially in the context of the ongoing risks posed by heavy rains and potential flooding?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 21 Feb 2024

Based on the response or the information provided to my office by City of Johannesburg, it must be noted that in the last two (2) financial years (2021/2022 and 2022/23) the city has embarked on a process of developing the area using Informal Settlements Upgrading Grant (ISUPG). The City appointed a consultant to develop a professional upgrade plan in order to normalise the Kya ...

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2024-w14 - 21 February 2024

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Considering the displacement caused by the floods in KwaZulu-Natal in April 2022 and the Usindiso building fire in Gauteng, (a) what disaster management measures has her department put in place in terms of housing for displaced persons and (b) how has she ensured that such measures are implementable across all provinces, especially considering the severe lack of (i) resources and (ii) infrastructure in some provinces?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 21 Feb 2024

a) Before the 2023/24 financial year, the National Department of Human Settlements (NDHS) has been allocating disaster response funds (on application) to provinces and municipalities that were affected by disaster incidences such as floods, gale force winds and fires through the Provincial Emergency Housing Grant (PEHG) and Municipal Emergency Housing Grant (MEHG) respectively.

As a result of the April 2022 floods in KwaZulu Natal, ...

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2024-w75 - 21 February 2024

Gizella Opperman to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether, given the fact that, in the 202021 financial year, her department purchased an Eskom building to the value of R16 million to address social housing needs in the Sol Plaatjie Local Municipality, her department did a cost analysis to convert the building into social housing; if not, why not; if so, what (a) was the projected cost and (b) is the current cost analysis; (2) whether, considering that the Government already owns a number of unused and vandalised state buildings, she has found that it makes sense to add more property to the list as opposed to using buildings that the Government already owns; if not, why not; if so, on what basis?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 21 Feb 2024

1. According to the Northern Cape Provincial Department responsible for Human Settlements the department acquired the Eskom building through the Housing Development Agency (HDA) for the reported R 16 million.

(a) A projected cost analysis was prepared by LESEDI Technical Engineering CONSULTING (PTY) LTD for the HDA in August 2021 and the cost for the project conversion was estimated at R120 million.

(b) A ...

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2024-w67 - 13 February 2024

Luyolo Mphithi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(1)Whether she will furnish Mr L Mphithi with (a) all documents relating to the process of appointing the director-general of her department and (b)(i) a list and (ii) scores of candidates that were interviewed; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether the newly appointed director-general of her department has any criminal record; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 13 Feb 2024

1) No. The information requested is personal information relating to the candidates who applied for the post of Director-General, and it is protected in terms of Section 14 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996) and the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013.

2) No. The verification from the South African Police Service Criminal ...

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2024-w4169 - 04 January 2024

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

Whether her department has the relevant details of the number of Government Subsidized Houses under construction in each province during the 2013 – 2023 period; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 4 Jan 2024

The Housing Subsidy System (HSS) reveals that since 2013 to date, the Department with the support of Provinces and Municipalities built the houses illustrated in the table below.

 

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

EC

12 646

13 469

13 198

12 491

11 123

9 817

8 757

5 427

6 833

5 550

FS

6 920

5 ...

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2024-w3687 - 02 January 2024

Sbuyiselwe Angela Buthelezi to ask the Minister of Human Settlements

(a) What is the nature of her department’s new partnership with the Republic of Ghana and (b) What are some of the best practise models followed by the Republic of Ghana concerning the provision of housing that she intends implementing?

Reply from the Minister of Human Settlements on 2 Jan 2024

a) The partnership with the Republic of Ghana is a bilateral relationship that seeks to;

Establish and formalise exchanges on adequate and affordable housing delivery. The Department of Human Settlements has had ongoing exchanges with the Ministry of Works and Housing of the Republic of Ghana, mostly at international meetings, advancing the creation of sustainable human settlements.

The partnership also becomes a platform to ...

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