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today22 May 2012

Housing a key driver in infrastructure rollout

Ahead of the presentation of the Human Settlements Budget Vote 2012-13 to the National Assembly last week (9 May 2012), Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, highlighted the progress the department has made not only in the continuing development of housing and human settlements but also in rooting out the corruption that has, over past years, undermined the delivery of decent housing.  Interestingly, Minister Sexwale raised the question of whether government should not be turning to sizeable, established contractors and their BEE partners rather than the “wheelbarrow and bakkie brigade” to support its housing delivery commitments. He said that while some emerging contractors are genuinely committed to building houses of sound and long-lasting quality, many had shown themselves to be fly-by-nights, abusing taxpayers’ money and government’s resources. 
today14 Aug 2012

A state-owned construction company?

National Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale has again raised the possibility of establishing a state-owned construction company, calling for debate on the idea. Sexwale was addressing stakeholders in the construction industry in Pretoria recently when he reiterated the idea that he first mooted in his Budget Vote speech in parliament earlier this year. 
today26 Sep 2012

Housing 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. 
today13 May 2013

Community 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). 
today3 Jul 2012

Private sector support for community housing

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale recently launched the R300-million high-rise Masimong Community Housing Project in Welkom in the Free State. The project is being undertaken as a partnership between government and the private sector, a response to the minister's call for more involvement in housing delivery from those outside government.