Housing & human settlements

Access to housing is a basic human right and the South African government is committed to providing sustainable housing development as part of the Dept of Human Settlements. This section covers housing developments over the entire spectrum of the population, from nil income to high income earners.

keyboard_arrow_upDivercity invests R2 billion in Joburg inner-city developments
keyboard_arrow_downDivercity invests R2 billion in Joburg inner-city developments

Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2bn in Johannesburg as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner-city precincts. This investment, the largest in the Johannesburg CBD for some years, is focused on the redevelopment of the iconic ABSA Towers Main building and Jewel City. Newly launched Divercity is an investment fund backed by […]

keyboard_arrow_upWomen Acting on the Challenge of Housing (WATCH) Build
keyboard_arrow_downWomen Acting on the Challenge of Housing (WATCH) Build

Housing matters for economic development. It promotes wellbeing, serves to reduce inequality, poverty and enables wealth creation and savings. This is why in commemoration of Women’s Month, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity South Africa (HFHSA) to build safe and affordable homes for 17 families in Lawley Township, South of Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upThe ultimate micro mobile home
keyboard_arrow_downThe ultimate micro mobile home

The Ultimate Mobile Micro Home

keyboard_arrow_upLifeArk off-grid housing is focused on sustainable community transformation
keyboard_arrow_downLifeArk off-grid housing is focused on sustainable community transformation

This affordable, emergency housing system is aimed at disaster prone areas and displaced peoples. Developed to create safe, sustainable and affordable homes for people living in low-income, marginalised areas around the world, LifeArk is a quickly deployable modular building system. The inaugural project of GDS Innovation Lab, a social innovation arm of the award-winning international architecture firm GDS, LifeArk aims to enable real transformation in a world where countless families remain without access to safe, sustainable homes…

keyboard_arrow_upCorporates asked to get their hands dirty
keyboard_arrow_downCorporates asked to get their hands dirty

Habitat for Humanity calls on corporate assistance on the eve of its Nelson Mandela Day build event.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik contributes to Inner City rejuvenation

The quality, durability and overall affordability of Corobrik’s face brick range has seen it form part of several inner-city rejuvenation schemes across the country, with the latest Heritage View development in Brickfields, Newtown Johannesburg forming an eye-catching example.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik used for largest all-facebrick social housing project in Pietermaritzburg
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik used for largest all-facebrick social housing project in Pietermaritzburg

The first phase of Aloe Ridge in Pietermaritzburg’s Westgate Grange has been constructed from Corobrik’s Burnt Apricot. Hundreds of families in the Westgate Grange area of Pietermaritzburg will soon have access to affordable housing with the completion of Aloe Ridge, the largest social housing project in the city constructed entirely of Corobrik’s facebrick.

keyboard_arrow_upAffordable houses built with precast products
keyboard_arrow_downAffordable houses built with precast products

With affordable housing backlogs growing, developers are increasingly turning to precast concrete products to speed-up construction times while improving build quality of houses.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik’s quality face bricks used in the construction of Marikana’s housing project
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik’s quality face bricks used in the construction of Marikana’s housing project

Residents in the North West town of Marikana, situated just east of Rustenburg, welcomed the donation of much needed housing earlier this year.

keyboard_arrow_upConsumer awareness could save South Africans millions, says housing regulator
keyboard_arrow_downConsumer awareness could save South Africans millions, says housing regulator

Repairing badly constructed houses costs South Africans millions of rands annually. This is according to National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) spokesperson Tshepo Nkosi. Speaking at the launch of the housing regulator’s countrywide consumer education campaign, Nkosi added that despite a house being the most significant purchase that the average consumer will ever make, many South Africans continued to spend large amounts of money, and even their life’s savings, with unaccredited builders.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik views affordable housing market as a key component in 2016
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik views affordable housing market as a key component in 2016

Corobrik believes further developments in South Africa's affordable housing market and investments in social infrastructure are the key to positive prospects for 2016, with the clay brick and paving manufacturer and distributor seeking to add to the value of South Africa’s infrastructure stock and consumer investment at the entry housing level where there is minimal disposable income for maintenance.

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik’s face brick layer improves sustainability and quality of traditional rondavels

Traditional mud brick rondavels can be easily and affordably upgraded to increase thermal efficiency and aesthetics with the addition of a face brick skin.

keyboard_arrow_upChanging an informal settlement into a suburb
keyboard_arrow_downChanging an informal settlement into a suburb

Jubilation filled the air during the official handover of houses to 76 indigent families in Lindelani just outside Galeshewe in Kimberley on Thursday 13 November 2014.

keyboard_arrow_upPartnerships to target affordable housing market
keyboard_arrow_downPartnerships to target affordable housing market

Established in 2012 in the wake of increasing demand for quality services and expertise in the housing solutions market, Raubex Housing is currently delivering a R280m, 476-unit housing contract at Kathu, for Kumba Iron Ore.

keyboard_arrow_upClay face masonry on the march
keyboard_arrow_downClay face masonry on the march

In early 2013 the Endumeni Municipality (Dundee) supported by the NHBRC endorsed the use of Coro Maxi 140 face construction for state provided subsidy houses in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

keyboard_arrow_upInsulating the gap
keyboard_arrow_downInsulating the gap

Gap housing defines those residential units whose prices fall between government housing and those delivered by the private sector. A perceived gap exists in the monthly income requirements for prospective owners, meaning their levels of income are too little to enable them to participate in the private property market, yet too much to qualify for state assistance.

keyboard_arrow_upSocial housing development specifies Cobra products
keyboard_arrow_downSocial housing development specifies Cobra products

Fairview Links, a social housing development in Port Elizabeth, provides 375 new, affordable rental apartments to low-income earners, in a project funded by the Department of Human Settlements. It features studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units that are only available to qualifying candidates that earn between R2 500 and R7 500 per month.

keyboard_arrow_upTechnicrete helps out at Bushbuckridge
keyboard_arrow_downTechnicrete helps out at Bushbuckridge

Beneficiaries in 10 wards in the Bushbuckridge Municipality benefitted from the collaboration between Buscor, a leading passenger bus company that operates predominantly in the Lowveld region of the Mpumalanga Province and Technicrete, to assist in the construction of ten houses for the local community.

keyboard_arrow_upComing to a township near you
keyboard_arrow_downComing to a township near you

When South African based company Structure Now unveiled the new design of their portable schools and functional medical clinic buildings for Africa, they were delighted when they captured the attention of companies as far away as Moscow and New York. Enquiries from overseas have been steadily coming in since the official opening ceremony of the first unit, the Investec Westbury School Teacher Development Centre, located in Gauteng. The classroom, donated by Investec, is completely solar powered and will be a place of ongoing learning.

keyboard_arrow_upJoJo Tanks extends warranty to eight years
keyboard_arrow_downJoJo Tanks extends warranty to eight years

JoJo Tanks is proud to announce an extension on its warranty period from five years to eight years.

keyboard_arrow_upNew Eyethu Orange Farm Mall is a meaningful community asset
keyboard_arrow_downNew Eyethu Orange Farm Mall is a meaningful community asset

The remarkable development of Eyethu Orange Farm Mall will result in the entire Orange Farm community holding a 10% stake in this 27 000m2 regional shopping mall, which is helping to transform the area into a flourishing central business district, and creating a valuable multi-faceted community asset.

keyboard_arrow_upKaytech ensures environmental safety with landfill liner
keyboard_arrow_downKaytech ensures environmental safety with landfill liner

By 2012, the capacity of the landfill site at Mpofana, near Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal, was reaching saturation point.

keyboard_arrow_upCommunity toilet backlog needs alternative building solutions
keyboard_arrow_downCommunity toilet backlog needs alternative building solutions

If Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale is turning to the private sector to find a solution to the 2,2-million backlog in toilet delivery in rural and semi-urban communities, the solution may be found in the area of alternative building technologies (ABTs). 

keyboard_arrow_upCorobrik specified for mine housing in the Northern Cape
keyboard_arrow_downCorobrik specified for mine housing in the Northern Cape

South Africa has the largest known deposits of manganese ore in the world and is the largest producer of iron ore on the continent making mining operations in the arid Northern Cape critical to the national economy and the largest employers in the region.

keyboard_arrow_upSteel windows and doors meet low-cost requirements
keyboard_arrow_downSteel windows and doors meet low-cost requirements

Duro, one of the leading manufacturers of steel and aluminium building products in Southern Africa, has supplied windows and doorframes to phase 3A of the housing development currently under way in Langa, Cape Town. The development is being undertaken by the Provincial Department of Human Settlements and the City of Cape Town.

keyboard_arrow_upHousing needs bulk infrastructure too
keyboard_arrow_downHousing needs bulk infrastructure too

Speaking at the handover of 49 houses at Mantheding Village outside Polokwane in Limpopo in July, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale said the provision of bulk infrastructure remains one of the major challenges in delivering houses in rural areas. Sexwale stressed, however, that this challenge did not mean that people in villages should be excluded from receiving houses. 

keyboard_arrow_upTaps and mixers for Garden Cities developments
keyboard_arrow_downTaps and mixers for Garden Cities developments

Well-known Cape property developer, Garden Cities, has expanded its Pinehurst, Durbanville and Sunningdale, West Coast developments significantly with the construction of several new residential villages at the two estates. In line with the company’s commitment to build quality homes with quality fittings, Cobra Watertech’s Dura range of taps and mixers were specified for the bathrooms and kitchens in all the new homes. 

keyboard_arrow_upThe people prefer concrete block paving
keyboard_arrow_downThe people prefer concrete block paving

The people living in South Africa’s second oldest township, Ngangelizwe in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, are happy with the installation of concrete block paving (CBP) on some of their roads and footpaths. In fact, such is their enthusiasm for concrete block paving that when the Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Transport proposed switching to asphalt instead of CBP in 2009/10, objections from the community led to a compromise. This saw tarring being restricted to a ring road around the township while four internal roads and some adjacent pavements were surfaced with CBP. 

keyboard_arrow_upJabulani hostels make way for family housing
keyboard_arrow_downJabulani hostels make way for family housing

The R487-million Jabulani Housing Project in Soweto, launched at the end of March, will see the development of 1 919 community residential and RDP housing units completed over the next few years – replacing the existing hostels on the site which are to be demolished over time. The new housing units will provide a more family-oriented environment for hostel dwellers and people from other income groups. 

keyboard_arrow_upEnergy-saving insulation for housing retrofits
keyboard_arrow_downEnergy-saving insulation for housing retrofits

At the 4th annual convention of the GBCSA (Green Building Council of South Africa) held in Cape Town last year, several residential green building retrofit projects were announced by GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson, including a British High Commission-sponsored ‘green street’ retrofit in KwaZulu-Natal, coinciding with Durban’s hosting of COP17.  Energy performance and the use of the most appropriate green building materials are key to sustainable building – in housing as in other sectors.