ARTICLES RELATING TO HOUSING

Wallacedene housing probe ordered

2014-04-08 07:19

An investigation was ordered into the construction of incomplete housing in Wallacedene, Cape Town, by Human Settlements Minister Connie September after visiting the area.

Municipalities to take care of housing

2014-02-26 14:55

Government is shifting the responsibility of providing low-income housing to certain municipalities, according to the 2014/15 budget tabled in Parliament.

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2014-01-28 13:00

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EFF: Nothing wrong with building home

2014-01-27 10:01
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There was nothing wrong with building a house for an unemployed woman whose husband works for a local municipality, the Economic Freedom Fighters says.

EFF supports Bekkersdal fight for land

2014-01-23 21:42

Gauteng EFF leaders have met residents of Bekkersdal and have expressed support for their fight for land.

Man dies in Roodepoort protest - report

2014-01-23 11:17
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Gauteng police have confirmed that a man has died after apparently being shot during a protest over housing in Roodepoort, according to a report.

Officials' houses set alight in RDP spat

2013-12-05 07:21
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Residents of Soshanguve have set fire to the houses of a local councillor and ward community liaison officer, after accusing them of selling RDP houses instead of allocating them to those on the housing waiting list.

Africa's growing demand for student housing

2013-11-20 14:16

Johannesburg's inner city growth node is experiences a high demand for student accommodation, says an expert.

Absa: Cheaper to buy an existing house

2013-11-05 15:49

Housing affordability has been relatively stable in the first half of 2013 and remains favourable compared with a few years ago, according to Absa's Housing Review.

SA needs R800bn for free housing

2013-10-21 21:52
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It would cost government up to R800bn if it were to meet the massive demand for free housing by 2020, says the financial and fiscal commission.

DA: Housing corruption not tackled

2013-10-17 22:00

The DA says the overwhelming majority of cases referred to the human settlements department by the anti-corruption hotline have not been dealt with.

Britain rolls out new property plan phase

2013-10-08 17:51

Britain has launched the latest phase of its initiative to boost the property market, despite fears that it could help spark a housing bubble.

Teen shot dead in Durban housing protest

2013-09-30 12:27

A 17-year-old girl has been shot dead and another injured during a violent housing protest in Cato Manor, in which about 500 people attacked a police van.

SACP protests against housing corruption

2013-09-25 13:12

Traffic in the Johannesburg CBD has been affected as SA Communist Party members march in a protest against housing corruption and service delivery backlogs, officials say.

Huge housing backlog in F State

2013-09-17 21:09

A reply to a parliamentary question has revealed there is a huge housing backlog in the Free State.

Kya Sands quiet after protest

2013-09-12 07:17

It is quiet at the Kya Sands informal settlement in the north of Johannesburg following a protest in which residents blockaded a road with rocks and burning objects, metro police say.

DA lays charges against former councillors

2013-09-05 17:50

The DA in KwaZulu-Natal has laid charges against former eThekwini municipality councillors and officials, who allegedly sold RDP houses illegally.

Lenasia land fraud judgment postponed

2013-08-30 13:31

Judgment in the fraud case of a couple accused of illegal land sales has been postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court because the magistrate wasn't feeling well.

DA to lay charges against Durban councillors

2013-08-27 08:45

The Democratic Alliance intends laying charges against former eThekwini metro councillors implicated in a controversial forensic audit report.

New approach for Jhb low cost housing

2013-07-24 11:16

There is a need for interventions that will see investment in jobs, improvement of settlement quality and move away from pockets of poverty, says MEC Ntombi Mekgwe.

Zuma thought poor whites were doing well

2013-07-18 14:30
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President Jacob Zuma has said upon a return to a poor white area in Pretoria that during his initial visit he was unpleasantly surprised by the conditions his saw.

'Poor whites' in Pretoria to get homes on Mandela Day

2013-07-14 21:43
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President Jacob Zuma will hand over homes to white families living in the Bethlehem informal settlement in Pretoria, on Mandela Day, says his spokesperson, Mac Maharaj.

District Six family offered new home

2013-07-04 09:50

The remaining family living illegally in a District Six apartment has been offered a new home in Blikkiesdorp on "humanitarian grounds", according to a report.

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Sexwale: Housing backlog at 2.1m

2013-06-07 11:02

The government housing backlog stands at 2.1 million units, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale says.

 

Consumer outlook impacts residential building

2014-03-21 17:29

Residential building activity will continue to be affected by household finances, property-investment sentiment and consumer confidence, says an expert.

ANC playing 'political football' with housing

2014-02-21 15:19
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Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has accused the ANC of playing "political football" with housing in the province.

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2014-01-27 16:02

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Thousands of students want accommodation

2014-01-24 15:11

Thousands of students are realising that securing a coveted space at a tertiary campus was just the first hurdle, says an expert.

Give us jobs, not grants - Malema demands

2014-01-23 20:38
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Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema believes a proper government will cease child grants and instead create decent jobs for parents and guardians.

Malema on the charm offensive

2014-01-20 21:07
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EFF leader Julius Malema is set to go on the charm offensive when he opens the party's provincial office in Mpumalanga, while also addressing the issue of land claims.

SCA rules Eden Park eviction order not just

2013-11-26 21:19

It would not be just and equitable to order the eviction of residents of Eden Park Extension Five, on the East Rand, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled.

Affordable housing in great demand

2013-11-11 11:32

A million homes are still needed in the affordable housing sector with only 20 000 units developed a year on average, says an industry expert.

Lonmin donates land to Marikana residents

2013-10-29 19:09

Human Settlements Minister Connie September says 50 hectares of land with serviced stands have been donated by platinum producer Lonmin for housing in Marikana.

Schubart Park residents get shelter

2013-10-21 17:59

Progress has been made in finding accommodation for people displaced from Schubart Park flats in Pretoria central, facilitator Frank Chikane says.

Protector wants Mpumalanga mayor's report

2013-10-10 07:22

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has asked the mayor of Chief Albert Luthuli, in Mpumalanga, to submit an action plan on issues affecting the municipality.

US govt shutdown to affect housing recovery

2013-10-03 11:47

The US government shutdown will delay the approval process for mortgages and could threaten the nascent housing recovery if it continues beyond mid-October.

Joburg housing man quits

2013-09-26 14:14

A man allegedly implicated in illegally selling houses in Lenasia has resigned from his post at the City of Johannesburg, a Gauteng official says.

US housing starts drop in September

2013-09-18 15:59

Home building in the United States unexpectedly slowed in September amid signs that higher mortgage interest rates were keeping buyers on the sidelines.

ANC voters' conundrum

2013-09-17 07:56

Gratitude for delivery will win - but with a heavy heart, says Daniel Silke.

ANC to probe bribe allegations

2013-09-11 17:43

The ANC in the Frances Baard region in Kimberley says it takes seriously allegations of bribes being paid in exchange for houses.

Western Cape road closed due to protest

2013-09-04 15:04

A service delivery protest has resulted in the N7 being closed at Piketberg, according to Western Cape officials.

Luxury housing to be built on painter's grave

2013-08-28 18:15

The burial place outside Moscow of the great Russian artist Kazimir Malevich has been paved over to make way for a luxury gated community, activists say.

Shack dwellers torch councillor's home

2013-08-15 22:04

A Gauteng ward councillor’s house has been set alight after illegally-built shacks were demolished near Brakpan, Gauteng’s human settlement department says.

Lawyer: Lenasia charges a conspiracy

2013-07-22 16:47

A conspiracy is behind charges against an official accused of selling state-owned land to Lenasia residents, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court has heard.

Khoi activists appeal court order

2013-07-15 09:05

A group of Khoi activists who invaded a District Six apartment complex have applied for leave to appeal against the Western Cape High Court order to evict them from the flats, the group says.

Fix RDP homes or else, residents warn

2013-07-13 10:14
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Residents of a Limpopo informal settlement want the government to repair their RDP houses and some have warned they won’t vote for the ANC if they don’t have houses or toilets.

Govt moots new housing solutions

2013-07-02 15:34

Informal settlement residents can expect to have more voice and choice in government housing, says Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks.

Durban protesters demand housing

2013-06-13 12:19

About 200 people are protesting on Alpine Road in Durban, saying they were promised housing by the previous mayor but have been forgotten, according to eThekwini metro police.

Sexwale bemoans apartheid town planning

2013-06-07 09:42
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Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale says his department's goal is to deracialise the country and undo the negative effects of apartheid era social engineering.

 
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