Human Settlements

National Department Budget for 2015-16

Vote purpose

Facilitate the creation of sustainable human settlements and the improvement to household quality of life.

Mandate

The Department of Human Settlements derives its core mandate and responsibilities from section 3 of the Housing Act (1997), which allows the department, in collaboration with provinces and municipalities, to establish and facilitate a sustainable national housing development process. The department does this by: determining national policy and national norms and standards for housing and human settlements development; setting broad national housing delivery goals, and monitoring the financial and non- financial performance of provinces and municipalities against these goals; building the capacity of provinces and municipalities; and promoting consultation with all stakeholders in the housing delivery chain, including civil society and the private sector.

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