Inadequate housing and infrastructure facilities pose direct threats to children’s physical safety. Poor people often live in temporary homes constructed with whatever impermanent, basic materials are available. They frequently have little option but to live on marginal land (flood plains or steep slopes for example), with the consequence that they are the first to suffer the effects of climate change and seasonal floods. In addition, a combination of overcrowding, the use of open fires or kerosene stoves and flammable buildings leads to danger from burns, scalding and accidental fires. Inevitably in these conditions, children are especially vulnerable.
The SLP Creative Village NPC (SLPCV) is fortunate to be associated with ABRC CONSULTANCY (PTY) LTD to provide unique patented housing opportunities for qualifying households in urban and rural settlements over the next few years. This project is made possible by collaboration between the department of human settlements, the agricultural sector, a municipality and the private sector.
This initiative will increase the supply of affordable housing through mobilisation of housing allowances for teachers, nurses, police officers, office workers and many others in the GAP market.
The new human settlements plan reinforces the vision of the Department of Housing, to promote the achievement of a non-racial, integrated society through the development of sustainable human settlements and quality housing. Within this broader vision, the Department is committed to meeting the following specific objectives:
• Accelerating the delivery of housing as a key strategy for poverty alleviation.
• Utilising provision of housing as a major job creation strategy.
• Ensuring property can be accessed by all as an asset for wealth creation and empowerment.
About ten percent (10%) of human settlement development projects and contracts must be given to Alternative Building Technology (ABT). The NDHS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) with the intention of partnering with key stakeholders, including universities, in the delivery of policy and research that support the delivery of sustainable human settlements.
Enhancing the role of the private sector
The new plan envisage a continuation and deepening of the partnership between government and the private sector versus the development of sustainable human settlements.
This increased demand for housing, coupled with the removal of key bottlenecks, will create new opportunities for private sector participation in the housing programme.