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_upUnited Nations World Habitat Day
keyboard_arrow_downUnited Nations World Habitat Day

UN Habitat is the United Nations’ agency for human settlements and the UN has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. World Habitat Day will be celebrated this year on 3 October. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The event is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

keyboard_arrow_upClay brick – a frontrunner for housing delivery
keyboard_arrow_downClay brick – a frontrunner for housing delivery

It is reported that between 1994 and June 2010, government financed the building of over 2.7 million homes for South Africans, giving shelter to more than 13 million people. Government spending on housing delivery increased from R4.8 billion in 2004/05 to R10.9 billion in the 2009/10 financial year. Yet there are still thousands of informal settlements across the country and more than 12 million South Africans are still in need of proper homes.

keyboard_arrow_upPrecast concrete products for Ga-Rankuwa housing
keyboard_arrow_downPrecast concrete products for Ga-Rankuwa housing

Diamond-Maxi concrete bricks, concrete roof tiles and bevelled concrete pavers are being used in the fully government subsidised housing development in Ga-Rankuwa Extension 24.  Funded by the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing (Tshwane Region) and situated in the North West Province, this is a cross-border project which entails the construction of 1 516 houses for the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

keyboard_arrow_upConcrete poles carry electricity to new housing
keyboard_arrow_downConcrete poles carry electricity to new housing

Prestressed concrete poles manufactured by Aveng Manufacturing Infraset’s Railway Division are being used to convey electricity in two new Boksburg housing developments, Windmill Park Ext 16 and 17.  Kiron Investments is responsible for the development which involves the construction of 840 affordable houses in total.