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DACE must become more actively involved in CMIP and other bulk infrastructure provisioning programmes.  It is recommended that Environmental Management be represented on the CMIP committee.

EIA regulations will be enforced.

As outlined above with the IDP process, there is a need for more integrated planning for housing and township development.  In this respect the IDP recommendations apply here.

Business plan format for CMIP projects must be reviewed and should incorporate environmental considerations.  Business plans should reflect budgetary requirements for environmental investigations and environmental management.

4.2.4. Housing


To facilitate the provisioning of sustainable housing to communities on a progressive basis by administering subsidy schemes.

To ensure proper implementation of housing infrastructure development projects

Governing Laws and Policies

National Housing Act

National Housing Code

Development Facilitation Act

Responsible Authority/ies

Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing

Local Authorities

Department of Housing (national)

Environmental Issues

Pit latrines and sanitation

Energy efficient housing

Water conservation and re-use

Urban open space


Impacts of engineering services

Waste management

Compliance to NEMA Principles

Sustainable Development

Financial limitations (R16 000,00 grant) for housing projects limit the incorporation of environmental issues into housing projects.

Most housing development projects contribute to ‘urban sprawl’.

The focus of housing development is not on densification

Integration of Environmental Considerations into Decision Making

Technical reports for housing projects do have an environmental analysis component.  EIA regulations specifically are not uniformly applied.

Financial limitations are perceived to limit innovation and incorporation of alternative housing design.  

The focus for housing is on numbers of houses not on a quality product and integration of other social and economic needs.

Participation, Empowerment and Transparency

Policy dictates that a minimum of 5% of all housing subsidise must be reserved for women.

The Social Compact ensures participation and representation by communities and the ‘modus operandi’ in housing projects.  Environmental issues are not specifically addressed.

Environmental Justice and Equity

The housing programme will result in a more equitable distribution of services, especially for previously disadvantaged groups

Housing delivery focus should be more rural biased

Ecological Integrity

Most housing development projects contribute towards ‘urban sprawl’.

Project layout plans do reflect open space, but this is not specifically linked to ecological integrity.

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