Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Housing Development Agency Launched

The Minister of Housing, Dr Lindiwe Sisulu, officially launched the Housing Development Agency (HDA) at the ICC in Durban on the 2nd of March. Representatives from national, provincial and local government joined industry and other role-players from the housing delivery sector at the glittering event.

The HDA has been established to develop, manage and coordinate the delivery of housing nationally. Delivery has, in the past, been hampered by capacity constraints, red tape and the efficient identification, acquisition and development of state-owned and private land.

The theory is that the HDA would work with, and support, existing mechanisms by facilitating the reduction of turnaround times. The department aims to double delivery in the next two years from the current 250 000 annual delivery of houses to 500 000.

The Minister also advised that the National Department of Housing had facilitated the delivery of 2.8 million houses in the past 15 years. These houses are home to an estimated 15 million South Africans.

For more information, visit the Department of Housing's website.

We wish the Department of Housing, and all other participating role-players, well in this endeavour.

Brandon Abdinor
Executive Director


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