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                                QUESTION NO.: 110


Mr A C Steyn (DA) to ask the Minister of Housing:

         (1)   What is the current status of (a) Servcon, (b) Thubelisha and (c) the
               proposed Housing Development Agency;

         (2)   whether her department has set any timelines with regard to the proposed
               Housing Development Agency; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant
               details?

Reply:

         1.    (a)    Servcon: The Closure Plan of Servcon has been approved. As such
                      the business of Servcon is currently being wound up. The
                      Department has constituted a Steering Committee comprising of
                      officials from the National Departments of Housing, Public
                      Service & Administration and National Treasury to facilitate the
                      closure process in consultation with the Board. The Steering
                      Committee meets regularly to assess progress and report to the
                      Board. All business pertaining to the Service Level Agreements
                      with Provincial Housing Departments will be finalised before final
                      closure of the entity.

               (b)    Thubelisha: The Closure Plan of Thubelisha has been approved.
                      As such the business of Thubelisha is currently being wound up.
                      The Department has constituted a Steering Committee comprising
                      of officials from the National Departments of Housing, Public
                      Service & Administration and National Treasury to facilitate the
                      closure process in consultation with the Board. The Steering
                      Committee meets regularly to assess progress and report to the
                      Board.

               (c)    HDA: The HDA Board was constituted in February 2009 and the
                      positions of the CEO and CFO were also filled in February 2009.


2.       Yes there are set timelines. All deliverables, as set out in the project
         implementation plan, have been achieved within and earlier than the set
         timeframe.
ANNEXURE A: HDA ESTABLSIHMENT PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
PLAN:


Item Description         Deliverable                     Indicator                Time         Achieved
Business Case            Finalise the preparation of     Business         Case    February     Done
                         the Business case and the       prepared          and    2008
                         consultative processes with     approved
                         key stakeholders
Approval    of the       Seek approval of the            Housing                  March 2008   Done
Housing                  Housing        Development      Development Agency
Development Agency       Agency Bill                     Bill approved
Bill
Briefing   of    the     Brief       the     Portfolio   Portfolio Committee      April 2008   Done
Portfolio Committee      Committee on Bill and           briefed    of   the
on Bill and Business     Business Case and Obtain        Business Case and
Case                     approval for Business Case      Bill
Submitting the Bill      Submit Bill and Business        Bill submitted to        July 2008    Done
and Business Case to     Case to Cabinet                 Cabinet
Cabinet                  -     Draft SPV Bill OR
                         Revised             Housing
                         Amendment Bill;
                         - A Bill which creates a
                         new entity; and
                         - The Publication of the Bill
                         prior to its introduction in
                         Parliament
Publication of the       Bill published in Gazette for   Bill published in the    September    Done
Bill in the Gazette      comment                         Gazette                  2008
                         (A minimum of 30 days
                         must be allowed for public
                         comment. Engage DPLG
                         regarding the Municipal
                         Systems Act consultation
                         processes).
Resubmission of the      Resubmit revised Bill to        Bill resubmitted to      October      Done
Bill to Minister and     Minister and Cabinet for        Minister and Cabinet     2008
Cabinet                  Approval                        for approval
State Law Advisors       Refer Bill to Sate Law          Bill referred to State   October      Done
                         Advisors for Certification (6   Law Advisors             2008
                         weeks allowed for State
                         Law Advisors)
Translation   of   the   Bill returned to Department     Translated      Bill     November     Done
Bill                     and       submitted       for   returned    to  the      2008
                         translation                     Department
Rule 159/241 Notice      Rule      159/241     Notice    Rule 159/241 Notice      November     Done
                         published in the Gazette        published in the         2008
                                                         gazette
National Assembly        Bill and Copy of Notice to      Bill and Copy of         November     Done
and Chair of the         Speaker     of    National      Notice submitted to      2008
NCOP                     Assembly (NA) and Chair         the     Speaker  of
                         of the National Council of      National Assembly
                         Provinces (NCOP)                and Chair of the
                                                         NCOP
Bill introduced        to   Introduction of the Bill to    Bill introduced   to   November     Done
parliament                  Parliament                     Parliament             2008
                            Bill       introduced    in
                            Parliament
Printing of the Bill        Bill printed and tagged        Bill    printed  and   November     Done
                                                           tagged                 2008
Portfolio Committee         Brief Portfolio Committee      Portfolio Committee    November     Done
Briefing                                                   briefed                2008
Passing of the Bill by      Deliberation and passing of    Bill deliberated and   January      Done
National Assembly           Bill by NA                     passed by the NA       2009
NCOP and Select             Bill to NCOP and briefing      Bill submitted to      February     Done
Committee Briefing          of Select Committee            NCOP and Select        2009
                                                           Committee briefed
Declaration        and      Declaration and passing of     Bill declared and      February     Done
passing of the Bill by      Bill by NCOP                   passed by the NCOP     2009
the NCOP
Approval           and      Bill signed by President and   Signed and Approved    February     Done
promulgation of the         promulgated                    Bill                   2009
Act
Establishment of the        Establish Legal Entity         Legal        Entity    March 2009   Done
Legal Entity                                               established
Criteria           and      Develop      criteria    &     Criteria for Board     February     Done
advertising for Board       Advertise     for     Board    Nominations            2009
Nominations                 nomination                     developed
Criteria           and      Develop      Criteria    &     Criteria for CEO       February     Done
Advertising for CEO         Advertise      for     CEO     appointment            2009
position                    appointment by the Board       developed
Criteria           and      Develop      Criteria    &     Criteria for CFO       February     Done
Advertising for CFO         Advertise      for     CFO     appointment            2009
position                    appointment by the Board       developed

				
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