marks for social housing
launch of the Shayamoya Social Housing project by the National Housing
Minister Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele, is a clear indication that partnerships
built between the community, end users, NGOs, local government,
the private sector and construction companies can work.
Government envoys Tan-Shri Bernard Dompok and
Zainul Hawani Ahmad received a big thank you from the Shayamoya
Housing Associationís Rev John-John Mongoato, Provincial Housing
Dumisane Makhaye, National Housing Minister Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele
Unicity Mayor Obed Mlaba.
of this project is further cemented by the ownership and administration
of the housing by the community. In this case the Shayamoya Housing
Association owns, manages and maintains the property in accordance
with rules governing a Section 21 Association, which is made up
of representatives from the eight neighbourhood groups. Representatives
of these groups are elected to serve on the board of directors.
Shayamoya provides one, two and three bedroom units at affordable
rentals, thus addressing the needs of a specific target income group,
especially, households earning below R2 500 per month.
The project received a R12 million grant from the Malaysian Government
which was secured by former state president Nelson Mandela during
his first visit to Malaysia. The Provincial Department of Housing
approved an additional R5,5million for completion of the project.
This all male
group kept the crowds clapping with their special brand
of Gospel music during the Shayamoya social housing launch.
is a pilot project which is intended to demonstrate a viable housing
delivery mechanism using social housing, and the use of development
finance in the best possible manner by building socially acceptable
high density housing. It also serves as a role model to persuade
both local and national government to provide increased institutional
subsidies for the development of rental housing for households who
earn below R2 500 per month.