The MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Peggy Nkonyeni hosted a prestigious Women's Day gathering in Durban on the 20th of September 2019. This event allowed women from both Human Settlements and Public Works Departments to assemble for the purpose of promoting women empowerment and making a statement against gender based violence. Upon her arrival, MEC Nkonyeni was welcomed by her guests in black outfits and colorful doeks, marching against the escalation of gender based violence and children abuse. “Senzeni na?” (What have we done to deserve this?”) was one of the powerful songs that the women chanted, alluding to the brutal killings and gruesome acts this country is currently facing.

This is the mantra of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements during the month of September as it embarks on an extensive title deed hand over campaign to assert security of tenure for many beneficiaries across the length and breadth of the Province. In South Africa, the ownership of property is an emotional issue. That is why it is important for Municipalities, in conjunction with the Department, to empower residents by giving them ownership of their homes.


Today the lives of 635 families in Wards 17 (Ambleton) and 18 (Edendale BB) changed forever when the Honourable, MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni together with the Honourable Premier, Mr Sihle Zikalala ensured that they became home owners.


The 367 beneficiaries from Ambleton and 268 from Edendale BB were given rightful ownership of their houses in line with the Department’s Title Deeds Restoration Programme (TRP) which is currently being fist-tracked. The MEC was pleased to note that the TRP has allowed qualifying residents to benefit and will assist in addressing the backlog of title deeds.


The Premier reminded beneficiaries that they were now responsible for the care of their property and to ensure that it grows in value. He also warned beneficiaries not to sell their government houses before eight years and not to use their title deeds to secure loans from loan sharks. “When title deeds are handed over, it is done so to empower people and give them liquidity. There are processes in place to prevent corruption. When a beneficiary applies for a house or subsidy, he or she can do so once. And for those who try and abuse the system, there are penalties in place”, he cautioned.

Sowetan 30 July 2019 

Bongani Mthethwa

A judgment ordering a municipality to provide basic services for farm workers came too late for centenarian Zabalaza Mshengu who died last year.

The Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday delivered a hard-hitting 35-page judgment, declaring that the three municipalities’ “ongoing and persistent failure” to provide the farm occupiers and labour tenants residing within their areas of jurisdiction with access to basic sanitation, sufficient water and collection of refuse was “inconsistent with the Constitution”.
The judgment was on a case against three KwaZulu-Natal municipalities which failed to provide access to basic services such as water and sanitation to farm workers and farm occupiers.
Mshengu, 104, was one the three applicants in the case against Msunduzi, Umgungundlovu and uMshwathi municipalities in which the farm occupiers and labour tenants were represented by the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). The farm occupiers and labour tenants resorted to the courts after they had repeatedly requested the municipalities to provide them with basic services without any success. Judge Jerome Mnguni ruled in favour of Mshengu and his two co-applicants Thembisile Ngema and the Association for Rural Advancement – a Pietermaritzburg-based land rights advocacy NGO.
He ordered the municipalities to:
Install a sufficient number of user connections to supply a minimum quantity of potable water of 25 litres per person per day or six kilolitres per household per month to farm occupiers and labour tenants; Ensure that water use connections
● supply water at a minimum flow rate of not less than 10 litres per minute; and Ensure that the water user
● connections supplied are within 200 metres of the farm occupier’s households. Mnguni also ordered the municipalities to provide farm occupiers and labour tenants with access to basic sanitation by installing ventilation improved pit (VIP) toilets per each household. The VIP toilets should conform to the required specifications.
The municipalities were also ordered to provide the farm occupiers and labour tenants with refuse collection services. “Zabalaza” is a Zulu word for “standing firm or planting oneself firmly on the ground or refusing to give way”, and that is how Mnguni described Zabalaza Mshengu in his judgement. “In the context of this application it is the first name of the first applicant Mr Mshengu, a centenarian who has since sadly passed away. “He refused to give up the struggle for access to sufficient water, basic sanitation and collection of refuse for farm occupiers and labour tenants until he was called to rest on 13 August 2018 at the age of 104.” Mshengu lived with his family on Edmore Farm in Pietermaritzburg. His father provided labour on the farm for the Hardman family in exchange for residing, growing crops and grazing livestock.
He lived in the old dilapidated, hand-built mud structures on the farm and the nearest water source, being isolated, is a shallow pool in a driedup stream, which is situated 100m from his home. Ngema resides on the settlement at the Greenbranch Farm in Wartburg in the KZN Midlands which consists of 12 households whose homes comprise mainly of five-room structures built with blocks and asbestos. Mnguni said when the Greenbranch Farm settlement occupiers attempted to create some form of sanitation by digging pit toilets, they were advised by the farm owners that they were not allowed to construct pit toilets.



The lives of residents of Solomon Mzolo Village uMvoti Municipality’s Ward 07 bear testament to the fact that the Department of Human Settlements upholds the ethos of restoring pride and dignity to all. This was evident as the Honourable MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni together with the local leadership, officially handed over a total of 497 title deeds this afternoon. The beneficiaries were given the rightful ownership of their houses in line with the Department’s extensive Tittle Deed Restoration Programme (TRP) presently being rolled out across the length and breadth of the Province

Addressing hundreds of Umvoti residents exactly a week after tabling the 2019/20 Budget Speech whereby a total of R100,612 million was ring-fenced to address the title deed backlog in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, MEC Nkonyeni reiterated that the Title Deeds Restoration Programme remains one of the Department’s key priorities.

It is sheer coincidence that this historic event affirming home ownership and security of tenure took place during the month of July whereby the entire nation and the world at large commemorates the live and ideals of the fallen struggle stalwart, Dr Nelson Mandela. “Let’s recommit to work towards our common goal: A nation where all of us are winners, all of us have shelter, food and education” - Nelson Mandela.




Vote 8: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements

Address to the Provincial Legislature by the Honourable Neliswa Peggy
Nkonyeni MPL, Member of the Executive Council, KwaZulu-Natal on 19 July 2019

Speaker of the Legislature, Hon. Nontembeko Boyce
KwaZulu Natal Premier, Hon. Sihle Zikalala
Chairperson and members of the Human Settlements Portfo lio Committee
Members of the Executive Council
Honourable Members
Respected Amakhosi present
The Acting Head of Department and Officials Present
Academia, Religious Leaders and Captains of Industry
Members of the Media
Ladies and Gentlemen
Comrades and Friends
May I please recognise in the public gallery, my special guests.


Madam Speaker, it is an honour to present the KwaZulu-Natal Department of
Human Settlements Vote 8 budget in this sixth democratic administration.
Our work is always with our people, alongside our people, in consultation with our
Our people are not passive recipients of Government programmes. Our people
have agency. Speaking of the great Cuban revolution, the Bolivian-born
internationalist Ernesto Che Guevara put it succinctly: “The people liberate
That sentiment was extended by another of our leaders who pioneered African
socialism on our continent. Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere taught us: “If real
development is to take place, the people have to be involved.”
As we mark 25 years of democracy and celebrate International Nelson Mandela
Day, I am pleased to announce that yesterday we handed over three houses to
disabled beneficiaries in the area of Macambini in Mandeni.
It was Madiba who reminded us that: “A democracy is an order of social equality
and non-discrimination. Our compatriots who are disabled challenge us in a very
special way to manifest in real life those values of democracy.”
Honourable Members, we remain inspired by the kind of South Africa that
Madiba and others envisioned, a course to which they dedicated their whole
When President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the State of the Nation Address he
noted seven priorities:
- Economic transformation and job creation
- Education, skills and health
- Consolidating the social wage through reliable and quality basic services
- Spatial integration, human settlements and local government
- Social cohesion and safe communities
- A capable, ethical and developmental state
- A better Africa and World
The President’s pronouncements mirror the resolutions of the African National
Congress lekgotla.
Honourable Members, spatial integration and human settlements are among the
priorities outlined and with this Budget Vote, we will detail how our programmes
and policies as a Province seek realised the overarching tasks the President
spoke about.

Honourable Speaker, in the State of the Province Address the Premier committed,
"We remain firm on the statement we made during the inauguration that the
primary focus of our government in this term is the eradication of all transit camps.
Currently we have consolidated all areas into one list, and the MEC for Human
Settlements will present the plan and timelines for these projects". I will elaborate
further on this and the mega catalytic projects.
Presently, our country is going through serious fiscal consolidation and the
Department is no exception to receiving budget cuts.
The 2019/20 financial year sees the highest budget cut of R735 617 million to the
Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG).
Despite the budget cuts, the Department of Human Settlements is steadfast and
will continue to implement programmes towards restoring the dignity and pride of
our citizens.
The Department has consistently spent its allocated Human Settlements
Development Grant (HSDG) over the past five years and has been privileged to
receive additional funding from underspending provinces. This has assisted the
Department to deliver over 800,000 housing opportunities throughout the
Province, since 1994.

The Stats SA’s 2018 General Household Survey indicates that housing projects are
not reducing the percentage of households in informal dwellings. It shows that
81,1% of all households resided in formal dwellings. Although the percentage of
households that have received some kind of government subsidy to access
housing has increased to 13.6% in 2018, nevertheless 13.1% of households are still
living in informal dwellings.
It must be noted that against the official housing backlog of 742,019, as informed
by Census 2011, the Department has delivered 196,456 units. In 2018/19 financial
year alone, 26,200 (of which 5,574 serviced sites and 20,626 houses) housing
opportunities were created.
The impact may seem small against growing housing needs and budget cuts. This
serves not to deter us but spur us to implement innovative building technology and
provide serviced sites to improve as many lives as we possibly can. We will ensure
that 20% of the Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) in eThekwini will be
utilised for serviced sites.
The Department always places an emphasis on quality control by ensuring that
projects are constantly monitored by the Department’s building inspectors and
National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). We will further ensure that
companies are appointed in terms of their CIDB rating, a clear demonstration of
or proven track record in building quality human settlements that meet our set
Forging ahead, the Department is implementing a new service delivery model to
transform human settlements into liveable and sustainable spaces through spatial
targeting and consolidation. This is in keeping with the Breaking New Ground
(BNG) programme. Through this over-arching programme, we will focus on
sustainable human settlements and improve quality of life for households through:
Izinhlobo ezihlukahlukene zemiXhaso esinazo kubhasikidi wethu wesibonelelo.
Ngiyaqonda ukuthi selokhu kwabakhona uHulumeni wentando yeningi uma
kukhulunywa ngohlelo lwezindlu zesibonelelo lukaHulumeni into efikayo
emqondweni yilokhu okubizwa ngokuthi “imixhaso” (RDP) kanti akunjalo kepha
kunezinhlelo ezibhekele imikhakha ehlukene engizoyichaza ukuze siqonde
okungumsebenzi ngqo wawo uMnyango.
Yilezi izinhlelo eziletha imisebenzi yezezindlu ziphinde zihlinzeke nosizo lokuqalisa
Lezizinhlelo zibhekele abantu abayizakhamizi zase Ningizimu Afrika abanomazisi
oluhlaza (Green barcoded ID) onamagabelo abangakaze bahlomule kuhlelo
lesibonelelo lukaHulumeni nabahola ngaphansi kuka R3 500.00
1. Uhlelo lwezindlu zomXhaso – Lolu yilona hlelo olwaziwa kakhulu futhi
olungumgogodla wezinhlelo zesibonelelo oludume ngokuthi yi RDP.
Future housing developments are envisaged as places
where people can live, learn, work, pray and play.
2. Uhlelo loXhaso lokuthuthukiswa kwezindawo zokuhlala oludidiyele – IRDP
(Integrated Residential Development Programme) isibonelo iCornubia Catalytic
3. Uhlelo lwezindlu zabantu olwengenzelelwe (Enhanced Peoples Housing
Programme) – Vulindlela EPHP
4. Uhlelo lwasemakhaya – Rural Housing Development Programme
5. Uhlelo lwezindawo zaseMapulazini – Farm Workers / Dwellers Assistance
6. Uxhaso oluhlanganisile – Consolidation Subsidy (Happy Valley kanye noSite 11
khona la eMsunduzi.
7. Uxhaso lwezinhlangano (Institutional Subsidy) – TAFTA kanye noLungisisa Indlela
Village (LIV)
8. Uhlelo lomuntu ngayedwana (Individual Subsidy)
9. Ukwenziwa ngcono kwezindawo zasemijondolo (Upgrading of Informal
Settlements Programme)
10. U hlelo lomhlomulo wesaphulelo olukhulisiwe – EEDBS –kususwa zonke izikweletu
zerenti ukuze umndeni unikwe ubunikazi – R293 Townships, nezindawo
ezazibekelwe ezinye izinhlanga ezazingaphansi koMnyango weZithunywa;
11. Izakhiwo zemiphakathi nezomnotho (Community Residential Units.
12. Social Housing Programme
13. Uhlelo lokusiza labo abangomakadebona embuthweni wezokuvikela (Military
Veterans Programme)
Ukulungiswa komthamo wezindlu wangaphambi kuka 1994 (Pre 1994
Rectification Programme)
15. Ukugunyazwa koMasipala (Municipal Accreditation)
16. Uhlelo olubhekele abantu abangakwazi ukuthola usizo lomxhaso ngenxa yokuthi
bahola ngaphezu kuka R3 500 kodwa futhi bengakwazi ukuthola ukusizakala
kwizikhungo ezibolekisa ngemali zokwakha izindlu ngoba bengaholi kakhulu laba
esithi baphakathi nendawo (Financed Individual Linked Subsidy Programme
FLISP) GAP MARKET (abahola phakathi kuka R 3501,00 to R 22 000.00)
17. Uhlelo lwabaphila ngokukhubazeka
18. Uhlelo lokusiza ezimeni eziphuthumayo (Emergency / Operation Sukuma Sakhe)
19. Service Sites Programme –
• Grade A
• Grade B
Development of liveable neighbourhoods by investing in priority housing
areas/nodes, public spaces, vital infrastructure and services. We will work closely
with various sector Departments and stakeholders to achieve the desired
results. There will be serious focus on the development of small towns/cities that
will provide mixed land uses, namely: - range of housing typologies,
business/industrial sites, school and clinic sites, etc. We will explore innovative
technologies that addresses climate change, carbon emissions and greening of
our settlements.
• Access to well-located and desirable land for human settlements development
and upgrading of informal settlements where people can live in dignity.
• The eradication of all transit camps. This was one of the marching orders by our
honourable Premier during SOPA.
• Providing access to adequate housing through the various subsidy programmes,
namely:- affordable rental units and ownership for both low and gap market
households, including provision of housing for farmworkers/dwellers and military
• Develop a functional residential property market to support the realisation of
asset value by strengthening Housing Consumer Education and provision of title
deeds. We are committed to accelerate the rolling out of title deeds to black
South Africans in order to guarantee their security of tenure and to provide them
with instruments of financial collateral. Addressing the United Nations early in his
presidency, Madiba corroborated this by saying: “The absence of such security is
one of the most consistent reasons for the non-improvement of housing
conditions. Granting such security leads to a completely different response from
• Implement Radical Economic Transformation and Job creation through the
Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in human settlement projects and
targeted procurement of companies/ sub-contractors from designated groups
including women, youth and people with disabilities.

• Implement the National Housing Needs Register (NHNR) within Municipalities to
improve planning and budgeting for human settlements development. This will
further ensure fair, transparent and equitable allocation of housing to needy
households. The Department will get rid of corruption in the allocation of houses
by only accepting a beneficiary allocation that is approved by the Allocation
List Committee and endorsed by Council. New biometric technology, integrated
to the current methods of verification may play a major role in helping us avert
incidences of corruption.
• Prioritise and eradicate all backlogs of disabled and military veterans households
by allocating 10% of the total units per project to these designated groups.
2.1 The budget for 2019/20 is comprised of Equitable Share of R405, 533 million for
operational costs and the Human Settlements Development Grant (HSDG) of R3,
485, 407 billion, aimed at providing housing and essential services.
The HSDG includes a ring-fenced amount of R510, 553 million for Upgrading of
Informal Settlements. We have further received an additional ring-fenced amount
of R100, 612 million for the Title Deeds Restoration Programmme and R15, 090
million for Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) for the creation of
temporary work opportunities and skills transfer for the unemployed.
2.2 The table below illustrates the breakdown of the budget allocation per grant.
Baseline Allocation 3,787,798
Increase in baseline allocation 218,844
Revised 2019/20 MTEF allocation 4,006,642
HSDG 3,485,407
EPWP 15,090
Title Deeds Restoration Grant 100,612
Conditional Grant 3,601,109
Equitable Share 405,533
Total Budget 4,006,642
District Municipality
Budget R’000
Budget R’000
Amajuba 176,257 169,985
eThekwini 1,188,398 1,276,086
Harry Gwala 210,745 191,289
iLembe 281,355 382,426
uGu 296,782 227,772
uMgungundlovu 512,999 442,833
Mkhanyakude 164,160 154,030
uMzinyathi 142,020 134,013
uThukela 180,616 249,733
King Cetshwayo 251,617 200,144
Zululand 196,160 332,535
Total 3,601,109 3,760,846
1. Administration 239,986
2. Housing Needs, Research and Planning 18,975
3. Housing Development 99,466
4. Housing Assets Management, Property
Total Budget 405,533
The allocation per district, as set out in the table below is influenced by demographics,
project planning readiness and increasing availability of bulk services. It also includes the
Informal Settlements Upgrade Programme, EPWP and Title Deeds Grants.
The table below illustrates the breakdown of the Equitable Share per programme:
The summary of deliverables with the total Budget of R3, 485,407 billion is as
9,101 serviced sites,
• 18,541 units under all subsidy instruments; and
• 50,780 title deeds
Rapid urbanisation and the increase of informal settlements through land invasion
in KwaZulu-Natal especially in eThekwini Metro and secondary cities remains a big
challenge. Within the limited resources, greater focus and ring-fencing of funds for
upgrading of informal settlements will see families living in healthy and liveable
Furthermore, through innovative interventions like re-blocking, planned informal
settlements, and provision of basic services, relocating excess households to
Greenfield projects, the Province will be able to upgrade all informal settlements.
The eradication of Transit Camps is a priority for the MTSF period. A comprehensive
and deadline-driven action plan has been drafted and is implemented for the
eradication of all 46-transit camps in eThekwini.
In the last Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) period, the Department has
delivered 44,052 units and 27,248 sites through the Informal Settlements Upgrading
Programme (ISUP).
A total of R1, 000,424 billion has been allocated in the 2019/20 financial year for
the upgrading of informal settlements which will deliver 6,525 serviced sites and
5,653 units throughout the province.

The Department is vigorously pursuing holistic developments that look at creating
new urban settlements with mixed housing typologies, industrial and commercial
sites, schools, clinics, churches, sports fields, etc. The implementation of these urban
greenfield projects seeks to address apartheid spatial planning by integrating
communities in terms of race, class, etc. to live alongside each other. To this effect,
the Honourable Premier in his State of the Province Address, mentioned the
following eight (Mega) projects that have commenced:
Phase 1 comprising of 2,662 units has been completed and eThekwini Metro is
currently in the process of issuing title deeds. On 5 July 2019, the Honourable
Premier, Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation, Acting Mayor of
eThekwini and I handed over 450 title deeds to residents of Cornubia.
Phase 2 is anticipated to comprise of 25,336 units (12,440 subsidized units for both
low income and affordable units plus a further 12,896 private sector housing). This
phase will ensure that social amenities are developed within seven social clusters.
Currently, Phase 2A comprising of 3,291 sites in under planning that will deliver an
estimated 3,291 low income units. eThekwini Metro is also busy with supply chain
management process to procure a service providers to undertake planning
activities for Phase 2B comprising of 3,294 sites for 1,645 for affordable/ high
density housing and 1,649 for low income housing.
Planning and bulk infrastructure installation has been completed. Phase 1A
comprising of 300 sites is currently undergoing internal infrastructure (services) that
will make the sites marketable for the Finance Linked Individual Subsidy
Programme (FLISP) takers.
eThekwini has finalised the Master Plan on Inner City Regeneration, which makes
provision for 10,585 social/rental housing units. The project aims to retain and
attract investments into the inner city of Durban whilst providing sustainable
integrated rental opportunities. The municipality has already allocated some of
the dilapidated buildings to Accredited Social Housing companies for
social/rental housing. It is also envisaged that some of the inner-city buildings will
be revamped for student accommodation.
A multi-sectoral collaboration initiative is underway with key stakeholders. The
municipality has already allocated sites to the private sector for mixed-use
development of 1,000 units.
Approximately 6 000 units have already been built on infill sites in uMlazi. The
provision of services to the unit has been a challenged. The municipality is currently
in the process of finalising the planning activities. Water and sanitation will be
installed over the MTEF period to the houses. The uMlazi Infill, part 6 is currently in
planning and comprises of 2,000 units.
Planning is underway and the draft framework plan has been approved. The
municipality will be installing basic services and footpaths.
Planning activities for Phase 1 comprising of 2,011 sites have been completed and
bulk infrastructure is underway. The consolidation of properties for Phase 2 & 3
comprising of 7,000 sites has been finalised and the drawings have been lodged
with the Surveyor General’s Office. Engineering services designs have been
lodged for approval. The process to appoint the contractor to install bulk services
has commenced.
Hyde Park (4,600 units)
Land acquisition and the Geo-Tech Investigation has been completed. Final
detailed house designs have been finalised and submitted to the municipality for
The Integrated Residential Development Programme (IRDP) over the past five
years delivered 15,336 serviced sites and 8,491 units. The Department intends
delivering 4,428 serviced sites and 2,675 units in this financial year.
T he flagship Vulindlela Rural Housing Project, which comprised of 25,000 housing
units across nine
Wards of uMgungundlovu district is in its final stage. The project
implementation strategy provided numerous direct and indirect work and business
opportunities to community and established Cooperatives.
In the last MTSF period, the Department has delivered 16,581units. A total of R202,
530 million has been allocated in this financial year to complete the remaining
1,763 units.
The Hilltop Social Housing Project in eThekwini Metro.
The Cornubia Phase 1B Integrated Residential Development Project (IRDP).
Mixed race and mixed income developments are set to be the norm.
Madam Speaker, Social Housing provides for part of the urban agenda. The
provision of social housing complements the initiatives undertaken to address the
Informal Settlement Upgrading Programme (ISUP) and the achievement of
Outcome 8 objectives. We will introduce and develop at least three African Social
Housing Institutions that will be accredited by Social Housing Regulatory Authority
(SHRA) to deliver social/rental housing.
The Department has delivered 2,253 Social Housing and 612 Community
Residential Units since 2014.
A budget of R190 million in the 2019/20 financial year will yield 530 Community
Residential Units. A further 200 Social Housing (SH) units will be delivered, funded
by Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA)
The MTSF deliverables for Social/CRU units are as fo- llows:
District Municipality Project Area Social/CRU Target
Amajuba Newcastle N11 CRU CRU 540
Harry Gwala Greater
Kokstad CRU CRU 300
Harry Gwala Ubuhlebezwe Ubuhlebethu CRU 150
UMgungundlovu Msunduzi Jika Joe CRU CRU 1,164
eThekwini eThekwini Various including
CRU 1,145
eThekwini eThekwini Inner City and
Bridge City
SH 5,000
UMgungundlovu Msunduzi Signal Hill Phase 2,
SH 500
Amajuba Newcastle Hospital Street SH 550
Ugu Ray Nkonyeni Marburg SH 300
UThukela Ladysmith Dunlop site SH 200
UThungulu Mhlathuze Aquadene ,
SH 1,200
ILembe KwaDukuza Hyde Park SH 449
The Finance Linked Individual Subsidy is targeted to benefit people who earn
between R3, 501 to R22, 000 per month and do not qualify for subsidised housing,
The Department, depending on the household income category provides a
subsidy to the qualifying household, which is paid directly to the home loan
account at the financial institution. We will work vigorously towards identifying
portions of land across the Province for the private sector to build houses for the
affordable market.
Quality control by MEC Nkonyeni
before she hands over title deeds to
residents of the Greytown Slums
Clearance Project.
In the last MTSF period, the Department delivered 1,499 units. A total of R15 million
has been allocated to FLISP that will deliver 300 units in this financial year.
The Title Deed Restoration Programme is one of our priorities. For the past five years,
the Department has issued 7,538 title deeds for pre-1994 households and 26,167
title deeds for post 1994 households, respectively. This is despite challenges of
missing and deceased beneficiaries, units occupied by illegal occupants and
townships registers not opened in some townships. I urge municipalities to ensure
that a fair and transparent process is followed in the allocation of units including
giving disabled households and the elderly priority.
We have a ring-fenced budget of R100, 612 million to address the title deed
backlogs of 39,021 in the current financial year. The remaining 11,759 current title
deeds will be funded from the project cost in the 2019/20 financial year.
Department is committed in improving the quality of life of our rural citizens
bearing in mind that KwaZulu
Natal is predominantly a rural province.
delivery in rural areas will continue with better planning so as not to change the
landscape to an urban one. The challenge is that rural housing delivery is at odds
with planning commission objectives.
However, the Department intends developing a rural housing strategy to address
spatial planning and mixed development in rural nodal areas.
planning activities will commence for the farmworkers/dwellers living in Ekujabuleni.
In the past five years, the Department has delivered 65,595 units. A total of R1,
billion has been allocated to rural housing programme to deliver 7,850 units
throughout the province.
No matter how detailed our plans are and realistic targets set, we will forever be at
the mercy of Mother Nature. The damage caused by storms in the Province, mainly
in eThekwini, in April is an example of emergencies to which government needs to
respond to quickly and effectively. The Emergency Housing Programme is one of
the instruments through which the Department responds to such occurrences. A
database of service providers has been established to expedite emergency
housing needs.
Through the OSS intervention programme, the Department swiftly attends the
plight of needy and vulnerable citizens of our Province. The Department will assist
3,940 OSS households throughout the province with a budget of R267, 373 million. A
concerted effort is being made to fast track the delivery of housing support to 4,
464 storm damaged households with an amount of R250 million allocated by
National Treasury.
In as much as we can applaud our work in pushing back the frontiers of poverty,
inequality and unemployment;
we must always be conscious
of the contradictions in
our society that we should
constantly wrestled with. Commandante Fidel Castro always
went to great pains to point out: “A revolution is a struggle to the death between the
future and the past.” It is our revolutionary obligation to create the future of a better
life for all our people.
In presenting the track record of service delivery of our government, we must
acknowledge that the good story is not shared widely enough.
We need to communicate our achievements more vigorously and without
modesty. In the great debates on socialism in the early twentieth century, Cde
Luxemburg declared: “The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to
proclaim loudly what is happening.”
Cleaner and smarter cities - MEC Nkonyeni adopts a hand- on approach as
she visits eMlazi as part of a delegation to announce the in-sourcing of waste
collection by eThekwini Metro.
We must claim our victories as a Government of the national democratic revolution.
Quality of houses built remains the focus of the Department. The partnership with
the building industry, regulator, the National Home Builders Registration Council
(NHBRC), has ensured that there is no compromise on quality. The Province with
the approval of the National Department of Human Settlements is rectifying units
that are not habitable and in serious state of disrepair.
We have rectified 10,525 units to date and a total of R70, 7 million has been
allocated to refurbish 566 pre - 1994 housing stock. A further 817 post-1994 housing
stock will be rectified in the 2019/2020 financial year with a budget of R60, 6 million.
Accreditation of municipalities to undertake housing development will be reassessed
and, based on merit, will be approved.
Increased internship and training
opportunities and more Youth graduating
with bricklaying, plastering, carpentry and
plumbing skills through the Expanded
Public Works Programme (EPWP)
means more job opportunities.
The Department is committed in the implementation of Expanded Public Works
Programme (EPWP), thus contributing towards work opportunities. Through 120
housing projects, the Department has created 29,689 work opportunities since
2014. This includes 7,766 opportunities created for women and 19,838 for youth. In
the last financial year, the EPWP Skills Programme benefitted 243 learners.
To further boost its emphasis on job creation, the Department has targeted a
further 7,000 work opportunities to be created and 350 EPWP beneficiaries to be
provided with accredited training, with a budget of R15 million, in the current
financial year.
Houses with gardens will be handed over to the poorest of the poor.
Madam Speaker, we cannot speak about sustainable livelihoods without
factoring in the 4th Industrial Revolution and climate change. We also need to do
our share to ensure that we go “green” whilst ensuring that our products are not
harmful to the environment and that we minimize the effects of climate change,
e.g solar powered geysers. We are exploring new building technologies/material
supply aimed at reducing carbon emission.
We also recognise that “high tech” need not only define our building materials
and end products but also the methods we use to monitor our developments,
threats to these developments and effective and transparent allocation of
In keeping with our programme to provide sustainable livelihoods, we will partner
with the Department of Agriculture & Rural Development to ensure that we hand
over houses with gardens to the poorest of the poor.
We are in preparation to level the ground for our Department to partner with
Department of High Education & Training Community Colleges with SETAs for the
purposes of localizing our skills development endeavour. People should be skilled and
be certificated in accordance with the needs of their local economy so as to enhance
sustainable livelihood. We will no longer deliver houses alone to our people - we will
deliver skills too. This will enable our housing beneficiaries to have access to work and
employment opportunities where they are. For instance, if we train people in the bakery
business, they produce bread and sell to the local community at an affordable rate. By
way of that example, Honourable Members would agree that we would not only have
delivered houses, skills, bread, contributed to sustainable livelihoods, but we would
have made a contribution in the reduction of carbon emissions associated with
vehicles delivering bread into our communities. We will be contributing in work
opportunities and job creation and give a meaningful definition to the existence of
cooperatives. Our people will no longer depend on established retailers whose
contribution in our people’s lives is not necessarily traceable ngaphandle kokucwilisa
abantu bakithi ezikweletini.
We are investigating initiatives where we will not only provide soul-less structures to
our people, but homes that are in keeping with technological, spatial
integration and environmental needs. The developments we envisage are places
where people can live, learn, work and play.
Furthermore, most of our homes have children in school or at tertiary level who
require access to the internet for their studies. We will work closely with our
provincial and national structures to co-ordinate efforts to provide our children
with access to broadband services. It is possible.
KwaZulu-Natal is characterized by high levels of youth unemployment, childheaded
households, lack of skills, poverty, and inequality. Fifty percent of the
population of four (4) out of the 11 Districts are unemployed women and youth.
Women and youth in rural areas are confronted with challenges that include
fewer opportunities for education and training, no industrial base for employment
and business opportunities.
In addition to increasing internship and training opportunities for the youth, the
Department is finalizing a panel of the designated groups to ensure they benefit
through a 30% sub-contracting process.
The Department held a successful “Youth in Construction Summit” in December
2018 which brought all role players from across the construction spectrum
and gave birth to the Siyakha Incubation Programme.
This Programme, which targets procurement to emerging businesses within the
human settlements value chain, will be launched soon and will be implemented
over a period of three (3) years. Its objective will be to ensure growth of emerging
companies of the different categories of designated groups, more especially
women, youth and people with disabilities.
The Department is compiling a dedicated database of companies owned by
youth, women, people with disabilities and military veterans.
Allow me Madam Speaker to quote the real son of the soil who never misled his
people by quoting good phrases and behaved like an empty vessel, but the one
who practised what he preached.
May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people
are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm
and feel the fury of their revolt.”
Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngekhaya!!!
I thank you. Ngiyabonga!
MEC Nkonyeni assists Gogo Mhlongo
in her new home in Macambini Ward 2
in Mandeni.
We will support the creation of new businesses owned by designated groups to
manufacture windows, doors, tiles, glass, bricks, blocks, roof trusses and other
building materials in partnership with the Department of Economic Development,
and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and the Private Sector.
In conclusion, through the programmes of the Human Settlements Department
that we have outlined in the Budget
Vote 8 we will work sparing neither strength
nor courage for the renewal and the new dawn for our province
My words of gratitude to Honourable Pillay for the outstanding performance
during his tenure as the MEC for Human Settlements. His contribution placed our
Department on the national scale by being awarded the national Govan Mbeki
for top performing Province for four consecutive years. Izandla zidlula
ikhanda ngamagalelo akho Mhlonishwa Pillay.
I would also like to convey my sincere gratitude to the African National Congress
and Premier of KwaZulu Natal Honourable Khuzeni for
this opportunity to serve our
My words of appreciation to the Acting Head of Department, Senior Management
and staff for excellent work done and which they will continue to do.
My family is always my comfort zone especially my mother Ma Jili. I want to
acknowledge the love and support of my grandchildren Nkosinami, Ndondo and
Mnotho, my son Steve and my daughters Sithabile and Sithembile, and my sisterin
law Nzwaki. Their constant support and affection sustains me in the work I am
called upon to do.
We aim to build on a remarkable track record and will work relentlessly confronting
poverty, lack of adequate shelter, inequality and unemployment through the
provision of inclusive human settlements and sustainable livelihoods.
I am pleased to table the 2019/20 budget of R4, 006,642 billion for KZN Human
S ettlements and request the
Honourable Members of this
House to support budget
for Vote 8, in light of the
initiatives and the deliverables
of Human Settlements
outlined in this report.

In an effort to empower youth engaged in Construction and Property sectors in the Province, the Honorable MEC for Human Settlements and Public Works: Ms Peggy Nkonyeni hosted the Youth in Construction and Property Summit 2019 at the Port Shepstone Civic Hall. The Summit provided a platform for sharing of knowledge, experiences and challenges that the youth face within the construction industry. The youth of Ugu District Municipality were also given an opportunity to ask questions and also come up with recommendations.

The 5th of July 2019 provided tangible proof that all three tiers of Government are working together with pace to create a better life for all. The National Department of Human Settlements, KZN Office of the Premier, KZN Department of Human Settlements, KZN Department of Education and eThekwini Metro visited the Cornubia Integrated Residential Development (IRDP) Project to hand over 451 title deeds to rightful beneficiaries in Phase 1A.

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Dr Lindiwe Sisulu; Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Sihle Zikalala; MEC for Human Settlements & Public Works, Ms Peggy Nkonyeni; MEC for Education, Mr Kwazi Mshengu and Acting Mayor of eThekwini Metro, Ms Fawzia Peer assessed the progress made in the Project, handed over title deeds and also participated in a sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the Solomon Mahlangu Primary School.

The Cornubia Project (with a yield in excess of 28 000 residential units) includes the creation of inclusive modern settlements made of decent housing units, industrial factories, retail parks and office spaces for various businesses. It is one of the many human settlements projects that are being implemented countrywide to meet the housing demand and improved access to basic services such as better roads, schools, and transport networks.

Some of the developments linked to the Cornubia IRDP project include the newly completed Mt Edgecombe interchange along the N2 highway towards the King Shaka International Airport and the Cornubia Mall.

Over 1 500 residents braved the windy weather to attend the title deeds handover ceremony and community engagement, with MEC Nkonyeni effectively directing proceedings.

The day’s programme commenced with an unveiling of the construction board at the site of the planned Solomon Mahlangu Primary School. MEC Peggy Nkonyeni and the delegation also participated in a tree-planting ceremony on site (above left). The delegation then went on to meet over 1 500 community members. A part of the crowd is shown on the right.


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