Housing Pre-Finance: Gauteng and North West

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Focus Areas: Housing

This project sees the pre-financing of homes in Gauteng and North West by uTshani. Recovery of funds from Government is based on milestone achievements. The project aimed to benefit 500 beneficiaries – all active members of the Federation (FEDUP). 265 houses, 264 toilets and 528 water taps have been constructed. Doornkop and Orange farm fall under the city of Jannesburg and Duduza falls under the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng. This is an in situ project with the beneficiaries already having serviced erf’s and in some instances, like in Doornkop and Orange farm, all have title deeds. The plots have running water and electricity. 50m2 brick and mortar houses with steel and corrugated sheeting roofing have been constructed. Each house has a kitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom (with bath, hand basins and toilet), and a living room. It has two big windows in the front and a window for every room to allow sufficient lighting and ventilation. Houses are plastered inside and outside. Bulk infrastructure as well as internal water and electrification was also installed. Tarred and gravel roads were also built were necessary. The project was carried out under the Enhanced Peoples’ housing process (ePHP), a government housing policy. Construction was bigger than the government developer units which vary from 36m2 to 40m2. This is made possible by the sweat equity, the savings and the UPFI. Households now enjoy the benefits of improved living conditions, regarding social and hygienic aspects. Community based builders and labourers were given onsite bricklaying training by uTshani’s technical supervisor and National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). uTshani and FEDUP also gave training on skills such as project management, book-keeping, storekeeping, and technical supervision.  Project implementation took place under the stewardship of community construction management team (CCMT).

Location: Doornkop, Orange Farm, Duduza, Letahbong, South Africa
Bunita Kohler sdi@courc.co.za (+27) 21 689 9408 View Website
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Project information updated: 20 March 2014

Project in depth

Detailed Information

The project was started by the South African Alliance of Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Informal Settlement Network (ISN), Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP) and uTshani, the national urban poor fund in 2010. It was initiated as a result of an MoU being signed at the International Slumdwellers’ Conference in May 2006. This saw FEDUP, the National Department of Housing and SDI sign to eradicate informal settlements in the country (by providing houses). This translated into the Housing department pledging 1000 housing subsidies to the Federation per province. The Gauteng Department of Housing pledged R50 million. 12 settlements were profiled before the project. 
Sustainability in this project is addressed through uTshani and the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) giving community based builders and labourers onsite bricklaying training. Training was also given by uTshani and the Federation on project management, book-keeping, storekeeping, and technical supervision. This means that maintenance can be done by the communities in the future. All labour and management has been drawn from the benfeficary communities. Financial stability is dependent on whether repayment is done so within the allocated timeframe. Improvement of relationships with government positively influence the project and its sustainaibility as this helps turn-around times of reimbursements. The Federation has 36 savings groups and beneficiaries are saving so funds will be available for maintenance

Funding Information



Fully funded

Implementing Partners

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP)

Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC)

uTshani Fund