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Sustainable Housing Still a Problem: Sisulu

Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has reiterated that government is building RDP houses for South African citizens and not just for foreign nationals.

Sisulu says housing in South Africa has caused many problems over the years and this been worsened by foreign nationals coming into South Africa and buying RDP houses that are meant for South African citizens at a fraction of the price.

Neilson: Partnership Key to Housing Delivery

Ian Neilson has called on residents, businesses and the government to work together to ensure that more progress is made in delivering housing opportunities.
 
In his article titled ‘Cape to start big housing push Neilson’, Neilson is of the view that with the effects of urbanisation, housing remains perhaps the single biggest challenge for many governments.
 

Stats SA: JHB Has Worst Urban Sprawl

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says Johannesburg is the worst in terms of the urban sprawl and the disjuncture between policy intentions and how RDP houses are constructed.

Statistician general, Pali Lehohla, says this this is caused mainly by people who relocate from their provinces to Johannesburg.

Lehohla says the 2009 economic recession meant that fewer building plans were passed across the country, with Tshwane being the quickest to recover from the slowdown.

NGO Likely to Back a Political Party

The political Abahlali baseMjondolo is considering backing a political party for the first time since 2006, but their clout comes at a price.

For the first time since 2006, the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, is not staging a ‘no land, no house, no vote’ campaign as it has done for several editions of UnFreedom Day – an unofficial South African holiday – that it commemorates each year on 28 April 2014.

Banda Targets Rural and Urban Poor

Malawi President of Malawi, Joyce Banda says that her country has no boundary of urban and rural as far as poverty is concerned, one of the reasons why she has directed the Mudzi Transformation Trust to renovate and construct new houses for the needy in both areas.

Banda believes that, "…I am well informed that there are also people living in poverty in urban areas according to what I have seen at Chikanda," further wishing that her administration could make sure that people are sleeping in houses that do not leak when it rains.

Habitat for Humanity International: Housing Microfinance Specialist - Africa

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. HFHI invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need.

HFHI seeks to appoint a Housing Microfinance Specialist to support country offices, based in its regional office, located in Pretoria, South Africa.

Residents Criticise Govt Over Housing

Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers’ movement, declares politicians unwelcome in Durban’s informal settlements until such time that the housing needs of the poor are addressed.
 
The movement’s general secretary, Bandile Mdlalose, states that the shack dwellers are tired of the lies they hear from politicians and have to send a message that they are not wanted in their areas.
 
He was responding to protests by Kennedy Road residents, following eThekwini mayor, James Nxumalo’s visit where he handed out meat parcels to the poor.
 

Habitat For Humanity International: Finance and Administration Assistant

Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI), generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or Habitat, is an international non-governmental, nonprofit organisation devoted to building simple, decent, and affordable housing. In Africa and the Middle East (AME), Habitat for Humanity is building homes in 19 countries. By working in partnership with families to provide safe affordable shelter, Habitat empowers them to break the cycle of poverty and build the foundation for a secure future.

Habitat seeks to appoint a Finance and Administration Assistant, based in Pretoria.

Trade-Mark: General Manager

Trade-Mark is a nonprofit social enterprise that connects tradesmen from the townships with homeowners and businesses wanting to undertake renovations or maintenance. Trade-Mark markets their service under the TRADE-MARK brand and provide business and life skills training support, enabling them to grow successful businesses and improve their standard of living.

Trade-Mark seeks to appoint a General Manager to help establish a branch up in Gauteng.

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