The Department of Human Settlements' primary goal is to promote the achievement of a non-racial, integrated society, through the development of sustainable human settlements and quality housing. Taking into account South Africa's history of skewed development and deliberate neglect, there is urgency in creating or fostering the creation of sustainable human settlements. However, a large number of other challenges are faced in the housing sector, which, need to be addressed. The challenges identified include, overcrowding, insecurity of tenure, instability of structure, lack of access to services, threats to basic health and safety, and other deprived slum conditions, particularly in our urban and peri-urban areas.
In order to address these challenges, the Department's priorities are as follows:
To eradicate all slums;
To strengthen governance and service delivery;
To ensure job creation by housing programmes;
To accelerate development of houses in rural areas;
To upgrade public sector hostels;
To ensure completion of all blocked projects by the end of 2009;
To create rental housing opportunities;
To facilitate capacity building;
To promote home ownership; and
To provide housing for vulnerable groups including those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Nature of Business: The Department of Human Settlements.
To effectively and efficiently manage the implementation of National and Provincial Housing Programmes in partnership with the relevant role players, by developing sustainable human settlements characterised by affordable and adequate shelter for qualifying citizens in KwaZulu-Natal.
Enabling all people to house themselves by engaging various institutions and stakeholders in the provision of a conducive and enabling environment.
MEC: Mr Ravi Pillay
HOD:Mr M Zungu
Physical Address: 203 Church Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201.
Postal Address: Private Bag X9152, Pietermaritzburg, 3200.