Metro wants to speed up provision of social housing

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality wants to speed up the provision of social housing in the metro and wants to enter into further performance agreements with the private sector in this regard.

In a report to the Human Settlements Committee, the Directorate points out that according to the Social Housing Act of 2008 and National Social Housing Policy, the municipality is required “to take reasonable steps to facilitate the delivery of social housing within its juris-diction”.

This must form part of the metro’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP).

The report says in line with this and the prerogatives contained in the approved NMB Human Settlements Plan, the metro wishes to create “an enabling environment for housing”.

It notes that to achieve this it plans to call for partnership agreements from accredited Social Housing institutions and private companies that are in the business of developing social housing.

The report points out that a “key element” of the municipality’s social housing programme is the signing of partner-ship agreements with social housing delivery and management companies that are accredited to the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA).

Two agreements were entered into following a call for expressions of interest issued in 2009 but both of these agreements have now lapsed.

The report says that “in order to in-crease the pace of delivery of social housing in the metro,” it is recommended that the municipality seek to enter further performance agreements with the private sector and specifically with companies that are SHRA accredited.

Further, it says, non-profit, for-profit and housing cooperatives that have not been accredited to the SHRA “should also be welcome to register their interest”.

The Directorate recommends that the committee should approve a proposal allowing for Executive Director Lindile Petuna to call for expressions of interest from accredited social housing institutions as well as non-profit, for-profit and housing cooperatives to partner the metro in the development of social housing.

It stresses that the agreements must comply with the Municipal Finance Management Act and NMB Supply Chain Policy.