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The Housing Development Agency (HDA) has been extremely busy with state land assembly processes – identifying state land, undertaking feasibility studies, commissioning valuations, preparing development plans and meeting state departments.

So far this financial year a total of 25 662.1623 hectares of well-located state and state-owned-enterprises land has been identified in order to compile a third register of prioritised state land for human settlements, while 113 pre-acquisition feasibility studies have been conducted in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng and Limpopo.

The approach adopted in the identification for this register includes mainly typical infill areas where there is already infrastructure. Development plans and valuations were conducted on available land, and agreed state properties were developed in support of the release of identified portions of land by the Minister of Public Works.

The HDA has taken transfer of two properties located in Kroonstad and Bethlehem, measuring a combined total of 6.9506 hectares, and is in the process of acquiring a further 295.2602 hectares in Ventersdorp.

The purchase of two Johannesburg inner-city buildings to support affordable rental housing in accordance with Outcome 8 and the urban renewal initiatives of the City of Johannesburg is currently at transfer and registration stages. An additional five unused state-owned buildings located in Johannesburg and Germiston are being pursued for affordable rental housing development purposes. A formal conditional offer has also been presented and conditionally accepted by Denel for the Swartklip land in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, which is required for human settlements.

Meanwhile, 9 995.1900 hectares of state land, located in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Free State and under the custodianship of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, have been formally requested from the Department.