Department of Human Settlements achieves less than half of annual housing targets

Issued by Emma Louise Powell MP – DA Shadow Minister of Human Settlements
19 Oct 2022 in News

The Department of Human Settlements has achieved a miserable 41.7% of their housing delivery targets in the past financial year.

According to the Department’s Annual Report which will be tabled in Parliament this term, the Department spent 97% of their budget, whilst achieving an overall result of 56% across all programmes.

On their Integrated Human Settlements Planning and Development Programme, which sees formal housing being rolled out across South Africa, the Department spent 99.3% against a dismal 41% performance.

This shocking performance is as a result of the ANC’s ongoing lack of political will to capacitate Provinces to deliver the very basics.

Key findings contained in the annual report include:

  • 28 351 formal Breaking New Ground houses were delivered against a target 52 405
  • Against a target of 30 land parcels rezoned in Priority Development Areas, 0 were rezoned
  • A total of 3502 pre-1994 title deeds were registered against a target of 5644
  • A total of 12867 post-1994 title deeds were registered against a target of 20758
  • Only 978 new title deeds were registered against a target of 6733
  • 4 223 informal settlement serviced sites were completed from the USDG budget against a target of 55 000 (7%)
  • Of these service sites, 1636 were in Cape Town. Cities such as Nelson Mandela Bay, Manguang, Joburg, and Tshwane achieved 0%
  • Only 14 informal settlements were upgraded to Phase 3 of Upgrading Programme against a target of 130
  • Overall, the Department underspent by R720.26 million
  • The Auditor General also noted that effective and appropriate steps were not taken to prevent irregular expenditure
  • On affordable housing programme, the Western Cape out performed any other Province in the administration of FLISP opportunities, with 1720 opportunities provided
  • Here the Western Cape outperformed the second highest achieving province (KwaZulu-Natal) by 300%
  • Despite the under-performance of the Department, officials were still rewarded with performance bonuses.

With more than 66% citizens now living in urban centres, and more than 3 million people on the Housing Database, South Africa’s low-cost housing challenge remains a ticking time bomb.

The Department of Human Settlements’ continued under-performance and lack of consequence management will not change until we kick the corrupt ANC and their cronies out of power.