Human Settlements

National Department Budget for 2016-17

Vote purpose

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


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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