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Human Settlements War Room Set Up

May 13, 2022

Department of Human Settlements

A national human settlements War Room has been set up to deal with blockages and the slow pace of delivery.

The human settlements minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi, announced this during the human settlements budget vote speech in parliament.

Issues on the War Room team’s agenda include coordinating efforts, monitoring and fast tracking the implementation of diverse projects across provinces; coordinating support of various entities and consolidating reporting to the War Room; providing project tracking tools on all projects to monitor and to report to the War Room; identifying strategic partners that could assist to unblock challenges in project implementation and creating an enabling environment for cooperative governance in line with the Intergovernmental Relations Act.

A ministerial directive will also be issued in accordance with section 29 of the Housing Development Agency (HDA) Act to authorize the HDA to drive interventions on upgrading informal settlements and ensuring faster turn-around time in provision of basic services to give dignity and comply with human rights in communities.

The minister also referred to the coming into effect of the Property Practitioners Regulatory Authority (PPRA) on 1 February 2022 replacing the Estate Agency affairs Board (EAAB).

“The PPRA has got an expanded mandate that covers property practitioners in the value chain which requires extensive stakeholder management”, he said.

A Transformation Fund is to be set up to empower historically disadvantaged property practitioners covering areas such as training and consumer awareness.