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					GAUTENG HOUSING SUMMIT SPEECH PRESENTED BY THE MEC
FOR HOUSING IN GAUTENG, Ms NOMVULA MOKONYANE

24 JULY 2007 - BIRCHWOOD HOTEL, EKURHULENI

Programme Director
Executive Mayor, Clr Duma Nkosi
Members of National Assembly and the Gauteng Legislature
Members of the Mayoral Committee for Housing
Officials from National, Provincial and Local Government
Representatives of various organizations and business
Invited Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen


Never before has the need to come together been as compelling as it is
today especially for this province given the type of challenges we are
facing not only on housing but service delivery in general.

We are gathered here for the next two days in the context of seeking
better and efficient ways to accelerate breaking new ground in housing
delivery within the Global City Region approach. Based on our history
we have to deliberately use as our background the profound entrenched
history of dispossession in this country as we discuss the housing
challenge facing us.

I know that there are critics out there who already will label this event
as just another talk-show, but let me assure you that when we had
our first housing summit in July 2005 certain resolutions were taken
and for the past two years we have been hard at work to implement
them and it is our belief that we have done so in most of the areas
identified.




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PRIORITIES –


   Mixed-housing Development: doing away with the one- size -fits -
    all approach
   Eradication of Informal Settlements: prioritizing the formalization of
    informal settlements.
   Alternative Tenure: Explore the alternative use of material
   Urban Renewal Programme and,
   20 (PTP) Prioritised Townships programme: Revitalisation and
    regeneration of 20 identified old townships

MIXED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

   Through this programme, we aim to use innovative approaches
    that can deliver large scale sustainable housing in partnership with
    private sector stakeholders.
   In terms of this initiative the promotion of social and racial
    integration as well as the location of new human settlements in
    close proximity of the economic nodes of our towns and cities is of
    paramount importance.
   A total of 10 projects forms part of our delivery strategy including
    the following: Olivenhoutbosch Ext 36, Nelmapius Ext 6.7.8,
    Thorntree view, Middelvlei /Droogeheuwel, Chief Albert Luthuli Ext
    6, Kagiso/Azzadville, Westonaria South, Cosmo City Dooronkop.

FORMALISATION          AND      ERADICATION          OF      INFORMAL
SETTLEMENTS

   The Formalization and Eradication of Informal Settlements is one
    of the key priority areas.
   47 600 serviced sites will be provided by the Department. So far,
    we have identified a total of 145 informal settlements that can be
    upgraded where they are currently situated, 209 will be relocated
    to the already identified areas.
   The usage of alternative building technology is key in this regard,
    already we have three pilot projects that we implementing in areas
    such as Nomzamo, Kaalfontein and Tshepisong
   It is our expressed goal to complete the Eradication of Informal
    Settlement by 2014

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ALTERNATIVE TENURE

We are aggressively accelerating housing delivery by promoting
Alternative Tenure which provides alternative accommodation options
for those not seeking permanent housing.

   Construction of the second dwelling



URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAMME

   Our Urban Renewal Programme in Alexandra, Evaton, and
    Bekkersdal are on track. Drastic measures are being taken to
    improve service delivery. The best practices that we have witness
    recently in Alexandra are being applied in other urban renewal
    projects.



   In all our Urban Renewal projects we now have an intact project
    management process as well as monitoring and evaluation plans
    in place to deal with all identified challenges. Most importantly,
    government must be in charge of delivery; hence we have
    appointed capable and experienced programme mangers to drive
    the implementation process.



   We are now focusing on high visibility and high impact projects
    able to impact immediately on the social environment as well as
    the economies of the targeted communities



20 PRIORITISED TOWNSHIPS

   The aim of the programme is to rehabilitate the 20 old townships
    in our province. The programme will focus on the rehabilitation of


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    the     infrastructure,  environment    and   socio-      economic
    developments.
   The short term focus will be on dealing with addressing
    infrastructure in schools, health and community facilities in all the
    identified townships.


Through the above-mentioned vehicles we have a strong conviction
that the face of spatial development in Gauteng will be transformed.

We believe that we shall not go wrong with the application of these
prioritized programmes due to the deeper analysis and research
methods we have applied which brought us to the conclusion that
these programmes should remain the flagship of housing
development in Gauteng.

The Department supports the principle of a Globally Competitive City
Region because of its potential to address issues of increasing
urbanisation and the poverty associated with it.

Housing developments are expected to therefore take place on a
wider scope than currently is the situation, particularly for Gauteng
where lack of availability of suitable land for housing initiatives is a
challenge.

It is therefore imperative that our Departmental strategies and plans
are aligned to the vision of building Gauteng as a globally competitive
city region.



CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS

   Inclusion of established developers into housing development
   Injection of Private sector funding into housing development

        - Financial institutions are now our partners and are involved
          and bringing their expertise




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   Understanding of informal settlements – where they are, which
    can be developed, up-graded, in-situ and relocations relocation.
   Different housing products available for people

           -     Collapsing of subsidy band

           -     Finance Linked Individual Subsidy - Extension of
                 subsidy – R3500 – R7000

           -     Hostel redevelopment programme

           -     Rental stock in established townships

           -     Social Housing to diversify affordability

During the period spanning June 2004 and October 2006 we made
tremendous strides by (1) Creating over 160 000 new housing
opportunities (2) improving the lives of over 600 000 Gauteng residents
thorough the provision of infrastructure and housing (3) providing 100
000 serviced stands with basic water and sanitation (4) transferring 43
407 properties to rightful owners (5) providing 96% of households with
free basic water and 78% with free electricity which is in line with our
indigent policy (6) implementing 282 community infrastructure projects,
including water, sanitation, storm water, lighting, solid waste and
community facilities and (7) implementing all Urban Renewal Projects
with more focus on upgrading of infrastructure, stimulation of local
economic development and creation of sustainable jobs.



ROLLING OUT

   Respond to diverse needs of communities
   We have become more professional in improving housing delivery
    process
   Not only just releasing money to developers but also setting
    standards for all our projects and developers must comply.
   Every developer must register with relevant regulator
   If we had to accelerate the housing delivery, can we afford the
    slow pace of development?


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   Approval of development
   De- link the beneficiaries from the project
   Vigorously market the 3500-10000 finance linked product and fast
    track it
   Move away from the norms (Brick and Mortar) being the sole
    material for housing development
   Develop a viable option of having Agencies as developer and
    government to do the monitoring norms and standards and being
    responsible for beneficiary allocation
   Protect those that are vulnerable in the process of the housing
    value chain, especially the contractor and sub-contractor
    relationship
   Material acquisition – How do we do away with the middle man
   Integrated Mixed Income




KEY CHALLENGES FOR THE SUMMIT TO DEAL WITH:

  o Currently uneven existence capacity within municipalities which
    is evident by the fact of

  o Gauteng Developer need to register with regulatory bodies
    (NHBRC;CIBD)
  o Forward planning assist in attracting established developer
  o Management of housing allocations is critical
  o Budgeting for bulk infrastructure ahead of housing development
  o Maintenance and the efficient control of the project
  o Most significantly is the role of public reps in service delivery
    (info sharing / Beneficiary education/ Monitoring of project
    implementation )
  o Role of the CLO’s , CDW’s
  o Forge relations with social movement and other community
    organizations
  o Housing Subsidy System (HSS)


RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS

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  o We are enhancing on the already existing relationship, however
    we need to recognise the existing challenge on our side and
    their side
  o We relax the bureaucratic processes that stifles service delivery
  o Developer need to take a proactive action in –terns of quality
    and time taken to deliver, whiles we address our own issues
    around IGR

COMMITMENTS

   When we assumed office in June 2004 we unveiled the Department’s
    Five Year Strategic Plan in which we committed ourselves to
    changing the apartheid’s housing development patterns.

   The idea of isolating the poor far from the economic nodes as if to
    conceal them from the eyes of the world is not sustainable. In fact
    such disgusting idea doesn’t have a place in a democratic state that
    many of our people died for.

   We still believe that the ideals of the Freedom Charter are pertinent to
    our business and they should serve as a guide to all our activities. As
    we march forward in our fight against poverty, mushrooming of
    informal settlements and segregated human settlements this guiding
    principle becomes even more relevant.
   Key Government Priorities –
       o Peoples Contract
       o Breaking New Ground
       o Growth and Development Strategy,
       o Global City Region

We have not shifted from these – we continue to deal with them

   Challenges are not insurmountable
   Expectations are noble but we need to respect rule of law

PUBLIC SERVICE WEEK

   We need public servant that must be aware that any incompetence
    undermines the integrity of government

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    Where public servant resist in going the extra mile, government
     priorities and targets are compromised.


CONCLUSION

 Our expectation from this summit is to ensure that we consolidate
our plans and accelerate housing delivery to overcome the current
backlog.


The expected outcome of this summit must strengthen our inter-
sphere partnership to build and improve our service delivery levels
and indeed contribute to creating a better life for all in our province
and indeed the entire country. This is our single common objective.

Furthermore we would like to provide a platform for discussions on
the latest plans in housing development and to draw lessons (both
positive and negative) from previous strategies applied in Gauteng.
Most importantly we should emerge out of this Summit with an
agreement on strategic priorities for the 2008/9 period and beyond.

I urge all of you to come on board and demonstrate the spirit of
partnership over the next two days as we deliberate over key housing
issues such as Taking BNG Forward: Critical Success Factors, Housing
towards the Global City Region, Low and Middle Income Housing and
Accelerating Housing Delivery Value Chain.

 All these topics are closer to my heart and I call upon all the Speakers
and participants to commit and assist us in realising our strategic
priorities.

I have no doubt that the outcomes of the summit will help in shaping
and providing a comprehensive framework that will guide us in our
work as we accelerate housing delivery.

I wish to thank all the delegates and presenters for taking time to be
part of this historic event, your contribution and participation will go a
long way in building cohesive plans that will drive our programmes.


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Thank You




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