Human Settlements

Free State Department Budget for 2015-16


Integrated and Sustainable Human Settlements


The Department of Human Settlements will contribute to the building of cohesive, sustainable and Integrated Human Settlements in the Free State.

Core functions

  • To manage and administer housing subsidies;

  • To facilitate the eradication of the informal settlements and reduce buffer zones;

  • To manage the technical aspects of all housing programmes regarding the quality, quantity, norms and specifications

  • To promote, manage and regulate the Social Housing, Medium

  • Density and Hostel Redevelopment Programme in the Province.

  • To promote, manage and regulate the rental housing market.

  • To manage, implement and monitor the Housing Capacity Building

  • Programme and establish sustainable partnerships.

  • To manage, implement and regulate legal advisory services to the Member of the Executive Council (MEC), Head of Department and the Department in general on housing related civil legal suits.

  • To manage and administer housing contracts fairly, equitably and transparently while promoting housing delivery.

  • To manage and monitor the inclusion of the EPWP principles in selected housing contracts.

  • To formulate housing policies and the monitoring of the impact of their implementation.

  • To manage and administer the housing assets (rental stock) of the Department.

  • To ensure safe, salubrious, economic and environmentally friendly development.

  • To submit all applications for land development and land use changes to the Townships Board for consideration and in turn submit the recommendations of the Townships Board to the MEC.

To ensure the upgrading of land tenure rights in the Free State, conduct investigations and lodge deeds of transfer in terms of the Conversion of Certain Rights into Leasehold or Ownership Act, 1988 (Act 81/1988).

  • To facilitate the opening of township registers as well as assisting municipalities and to access available state land for developmental purposes
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