Human Settlements

Western Cape Department Budget for 2016-17


Residents of the Western Cape have access to liveable, accessible, safe, multi-opportunity settlements.


The Department is committed to accelerating delivery, while promoting social cohesion through the development of integrated and sustainable human settlements in an open society. It aims to:

  • Provide settlements that offer good basic and socio-economic services;

  • Offer a range of rental and ownership options that respond to the varied needs and incomes of households; and

  • Consistently improve settlements through joint citizen and government effort supported by private sector contributions.

Main Services and Core functions

The main services of the Department are to:

  • Provide overall management in the Department in accordance with all applicable acts and policies;

  • To facilitate and undertake housing delivery and planning;

  • To provide individual subsidies and housing opportunities, including access to basic services, to beneficiaries in accordance with the Housing Code; and

  • To provide strategic, effective and efficient management of housing assets.

  • The core functions and responsibilities of the Department are:

  • The planning, promotion and development of integrated and sustainable human settlements;

  • Administering housing subsidies and providing technical support for the development of sustainable

  • human settlements;

  • Sensitising the public to the importance of housing as an asset; and

  • Facilitating fair relationships in rental housing.

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