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AKHANI<br />

TO BUILD<br />

<strong>August</strong> 2018<br />

Volume 2, Issue 1<br />

The CEO of NHBRC, Mr Mziwonke Dlabantu answers questions at the engagement<br />


On Tuesday 24 July, the NHBRC CEO hosted over 200 builders as part of his<br />

national stakeholder engagement roadshows. The objectives of these engagements is to is to<br />

engage with our stakeholders to gain a thorough understanding of their needs for<br />

a better stakeholder experience by assessing the issues that are material to them<br />

and the level of their impact on them and the NHBRC.<br />

This is the second installment of stakeholder roadshows which started in<br />

Cape Town in 2017. The Gauteng leg of the roadshow took place at the Focus<br />

Rooms in Sunninghill”<br />

The stakeholder engagement was impactful. It was very enlightening to hear from<br />

the NHBRC team about where the organisation is heading and what strides it is<br />

trying to achieve, “said Happy-David Sehloho, Managing Director of Sema Services.<br />

DID YOU KNOW : The oldest documented dwelling in South Africa is the<br />

Schroder House (De Post Huys) in Stellenbosch completed in 1673 which was a<br />

signal blockhouse built as an observation post controlling False Bay making it<br />

345 years old!<br />

Special Interest Articles:<br />

• Appointment of new NHBRC<br />

board 4<br />

• Enforcement against rogue<br />

builders 6<br />

• Ask Brenda the builder 7<br />

Individual<br />

Highlights:<br />

The NHBRC<br />

Women’s<br />

Roundtable 2<br />

Totally Concrete<br />

Expo 3<br />

Tshwane Housing<br />

Investment Indaba<br />




On Thursday 26 April 2018, the National<br />

disabilities) through procurement, training<br />

Home Builders Registration Council NHBRC<br />

held a women's roundtable at the Birchwood<br />

Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre as<br />

part of its efforts to show its commitment to<br />

transformation in the human settlements<br />

and built environment sector.<br />

The roundtable was held following the<br />

and development, as well as employment<br />

opportunities. The panel consisted of built<br />

environment associations who addressed<br />

issues that relate to the advancement of<br />

equal opportunities for women in the human<br />

settlements value chain. It was a platform to<br />

continue the debate on the socio-economic<br />

launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation transformation of the industry. The<br />

Charter, launched in March 2017 aimed at<br />

empowering designated groups (i.e. women,<br />

youth, military veterans and people with<br />

roundtable is a precursor to the Human<br />

Settlements Women Indaba to be held in<br />

<strong>August</strong>.<br />

From 3-5 May 2018, the NHBRC took part in<br />

the Architecture ZA 2018 (AZA 18) at<br />

various venues in Pretoria. This event is<br />

presented and hosted by the South African<br />

Institute of Architects (SAIA), and co-hosted<br />

by the University of Pretoria (UP). Under the<br />

theme WeTheCity: Memory and Resilience,<br />

the programme focused on issues of design<br />

and practice concerning environmental<br />

potential, cultural heritage and human<br />

settlements.<br />

As a key stakeholder and active participant<br />

in the architectural space, the NHBRC was<br />

represented by the Eric Molobi Centre of<br />

Innovation, led by Thihangwi Mudau<br />

alongside Vusi Hartley.<br />

The NHBRC presented on regulating<br />

the housing industry. “It is important that<br />

we highlight the importance of this<br />

regulation which is something that is<br />

always lacking at these platforms –<br />

where Architects are still not quiet au<br />

fait with the regulation creating synergy<br />

between the two entities”, said Mudau.<br />

News anchor Ali Paine moderates the mornings discussions<br />


Thank you for taking the time to complete our annual<br />

stakeholder survey. We truly value the information you have<br />

provided. Your responses will contribute to our analyses of<br />

the texts and suggest new lines of approach to your NHBRC<br />

experience. We will share with you the insights and solutions<br />

in moving forward!<br />

South African professional architects and<br />

other cultural producers will share<br />

experiences and perspectives with cuttingedge<br />

international practices from around the<br />

world, which will be attended by members<br />

of the public, students, designers, urban<br />

thinkers, economists, engineers, quantity<br />

surveyors, artists and planning specialists.<br />


The NHBRC cements its role in transformation<br />

From 16-17 May the NHBRC<br />

participated in this year’s African<br />

Construction and Totally Concrete<br />

Expo (ACTCE) held at the Gallagher<br />

Convention Centre in Midrand,<br />

Johannesburg. The ACTCE is Africa’s<br />

only multidisciplinary built environment<br />

show focusing on stakeholder<br />

engagements through free-to-attend<br />

content, indoor and outdoor exhibitions<br />

and targeted networking. It caters for<br />

the entire African construction, cement<br />

and concrete industries. The NHBRC<br />

participated in a variety of<br />

engagements available to at the event which included the keynote session<br />

represented by NHBRC Council Member and Social Transformation<br />

Committee Chairperson Miss Xoliswa who was a panelist under the theme<br />

of transformation within the construction industry. Coupled with the key<br />

note session the NHBRC conducted transformation workshops hosted by<br />

STEP Manager, Mr Zweli Magano and was also part of the interactive<br />

show as one of 200 exhibitors from 65 countries, displaying their products<br />

and service offerings across eight dedicated sectors. In line with its Social<br />

Transformation and Empowerment Programme (STEP), the NHBRC<br />

handed over the transformation award at the Women in Construction and<br />

the National African Federation for the Building Industry's awards.<br />

“These engagements continue to demonstrate the NHBRCs commitment<br />

to transformation beyond the boardroom,” said Magano.<br />

Panel discussion (from left to right): Skhumbuzo Macozoma, (CEO, SANRAL);Webster Mfebe, (CEO, South<br />

African Forum for Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC)); Thando Mguli, Head of Department, Western Cape<br />

Department of Human Settlements); Roy Mnisi, (Executive Director, Master Builders South Africa (MBSA));<br />

Bafikile Simelane, (Immediate Past President, Master Builders South Africa (MBSA)); Xoliswa Daku,<br />

(Chairperson, Social Transformation and Empowerment Committee, NHBRC); Victor Radebe, (CEO, Mobility<br />

Centre for Africa); Robert Semenya, (Senior Projects Manager, Construction Education and Training Authority)


South Africa is facing the enormous challenge of providing affordable housing at a pace which keeps up with demand. The<br />

speed of delivery for the affordable housing is a point of contention. Addressing this issue was the Executive Mayor, Solly<br />

Msimanga, who will delivered the key note address.<br />

On Friday 18 May 2018, the City of Tshwane hosted a Housing Investment Indaba under the theme : “forging partnerships for<br />

sustainable human settlements development”. The main objective of the Indaba was to demonstrate to the private sector the<br />

City’s intention to partner with the private sector on large scale housing and human settlements projects and to explore<br />

relationships with different stakeholders in the construction industry. The gathering was an opportunity for the City to share<br />

with property developers and financial institutions implementation-ready capital projects within the City.<br />

Guest speakers included James Aiello, Senior Advisor with the Government Technical Advisory Centre at National Treasury,<br />

André du Plessis, a qualified Town Planner with 25 years’ experience in the local authority planning environment and<br />

Sibusiso Buthelezi an alumni of the University of the Western Cape having majored in Anthropology and Economics.<br />

Limpopo Pensioner Home<br />

A Limpopo pensioner Hendrik<br />

Johannes Venter was thrilled on<br />

Thursday when the Minister of<br />

Human Settlements Nomaindiya<br />

Mfeketo presented him a new house<br />

in Seshego Township, Polokwane.<br />



The Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo, MP – as the Shareholder Representative<br />

has appointed new NHBRC Coucnil Members with effect from 03 <strong>August</strong> until 31 July 2021.<br />

Below are the names of our new Council Members.<br />

1) Mr Enoch Godongwana – Chairperson<br />

2) Ms Mampe Kotsi<br />

3) Mr Mziwonke Jacobs<br />

4) Ms Bongiwe Duba<br />

5) Mr Unathi Hoyana<br />

6) Mr Makabate Choeu<br />

7) Mr Roy Mnisi<br />

8) Ms Noluthando Molao<br />

9) Mr Roseberry Sonto<br />

10) Ms Nthabiseng Tsenase<br />

11) Mr Gilbert Myeza<br />

12) Mr David Mapikitla<br />

13) Mr Goolam Manack<br />

14) Mr Siphamandla Kumkani<br />

15) Mr Mziwonke Dlabantu ( Executive Director & CEO )<br />

Venter (71) was one of at least 100<br />

people who have taken occupation<br />

of their houses in extension 106 as<br />

part of housing project spearheaded<br />

by the Department of Human<br />

Settlements in the area. About 1 790<br />

other . residents were also presented<br />

with title deeds for their new homes.<br />

Speaking on the doorsteps of his<br />

new house, an elated Venter said<br />

receiving the keys to the new house<br />

marked an end of a 14-year long<br />

wait since he first applied for a<br />

Government subsidised house in<br />

2004. This was just three years after<br />

the death of his wife. He previously<br />

lived in a shack on the outskirts of<br />

Polokwane.<br />

“This is a really great day for me. I<br />

am very excited you will not believe.<br />

It is good to see so many people<br />

coming here to celebrate with me. I<br />

am<br />

grateful to God and I am feeling so<br />

special because now I have a place<br />

of my own where I can stay and<br />

sleep properly. Sometimes I slept on<br />

the street but last night I didn’t sleep<br />

because I was so excited that today<br />

I will be sleeping here,” said Venter.


Our Mobile Office is currently in Limpopo and North West to assist housing consumers and homebuilders.<br />

These mobile office visits are aimed at ensuring that the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) as the<br />

housing regulator is able to support housing consumers and homebuilders who are unable to access its products and<br />

services in the main urban centers.<br />

The NHBRC team is deployed to assist and attend to consumer complaints, housing consumer awareness on rights and<br />

obligations, builder registration and renewals, home enrolments, technical assistance as well as training of homebuilders.<br />

The mobile office can also accept payments and print registration and enrolment certificates.<br />

This visits are also an opportunity for housing consumers who wish to build or buy a new home to also check the status of<br />

their homebuilder, enrolment of their homes and learn about their rights and responsibilities as they embark on this<br />

important<br />

milestone.<br />

The NHBRC Mobile Office can be reached at the venues:<br />


Date<br />

Event/Venue<br />

12 – 13 September Cape Construction Expo<br />

2018 - expo<br />

SUN Exhibits<br />

Grand West Casino,<br />

Goodwood<br />

Cape Town<br />

14 – 28 September<br />

2018<br />

excl. Saturdays and<br />

Sundays<br />

Athlone Civic Centre,<br />

Klipfontein Road<br />

Athlone<br />

Cape Town<br />


Date<br />

Event/Venue<br />

10-14 September Okhahlamba Municipality<br />

2018<br />

17-19 September Umzumbe Municipality<br />

2018<br />

20-21 September Impendle Municipality<br />

2018<br />

25-28 September Jozini Municipality, Indumo<br />

2018<br />

Library<br />

Members of the community make use of the NHBRC mobile office unit’s services



The housing regulator has also opened 122 criminal cases against home builders who have contravened the Housing<br />

Consumers Protection Measures Act 95 of 1998 (HCPMA) in its efforts to tackle misconduct in the industry in the current<br />

financial year. This includes offences such as carrying on the business of building homes without having registered and<br />

non-enrolment of homes which is in contravention of the HCPMA which requires everyone in the business of building homes<br />

to register with the NHBRC and that all new homes must be enrolled (or registered) with the NHBRC 15 days prior to<br />

construction.<br />

NHBRC’s CEO Mziwonke Dlabantu, says that the NHBRC has<br />

forged relations with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and<br />

South African Police Services (SAPS) through the Office of the<br />

Civilian Secretariat for Police to train the stakeholders on the<br />

legislative framework and to explore various initiatives to ensure<br />

successful prosecution of these matters. This follows challenges<br />

with the prosecution of ‘rogue’ builders in the industry due to lack of<br />

knowledge about the Act<br />

“Our mandate as the housing watchdog requires us to take a stand<br />

against non-compliance with the Act in order to protect housing consumers and to this extent, the NHBRC will continue to<br />

engage with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance and enforcement of the Act,” said Dlabantu.<br />

Over and above this, the NHBRC suspended 211 and prosecuted 506 home builders/contractors and/or developers who<br />

transgressed the building regulations. This include offences that relate to failure to rectify major structural defects, failure to<br />

rectify workmanship related defects, failure to enrol home and contravening the code of conduct for home builders.<br />

Builder suspensions were recorded as follows: Gauteng (70), Western Cape (66), KwaZulu-Natal (29), Limpopo (16),<br />

Mpumalanga (16), North West (5), Eastern Cape (3), Free State (3) and Northern Cape (3).<br />

The NHBRC has the powers to suspend a registered home builder’s registration or refuse to enrol such home builder’s<br />

homes for the period that it deems necessary to investigate the matter or until the registered home builder has complied<br />

with the relevant provisions of the Act.<br />

Prosecution cases recorded include: KwaZulu-Natal (141), Gauteng (106), Western Cape (84), Limpopo (44), Mpumalanga<br />

(39), North West (35), Eastern Cape (28), Free State (26) and Northern Cape (3).<br />

The Act also empowers the NHBRC’s Disciplinary Committee, after following due process, to impose withdrawal of<br />

registration of a home builder; a fine not exceeding R25 000.00 or a warning in instances where a home builder has been<br />

found guilty.

Ask Brenda by emailing thenhbrc@nhbrc.org.za with the subject line : BUZA<br />



Sanibonani! My name is Brenda<br />

the Builder. As citizens, we have<br />

rights, but with those come<br />

obligations. I am here to assist<br />

you in realising your rights as a<br />

housing consumer and<br />

understanding the NHBRCs<br />

mandate.<br />

Why register?<br />

Dear Brenda<br />

I’ve been building homes for many<br />

years in my village and surrounds.<br />

I hear that I must register with the<br />

NHBRC. Why must I register - What<br />

are the benefits?<br />

Titus Buthelezi, Mathibestad<br />

Roof leaking<br />

Dear Brenda<br />

I have been occupying my house for over six<br />

months, I have noticed that there is a leakage in<br />

the roof. How do I go about reporting this and to<br />

who?<br />

Thembi Mkhwanazi, Temba<br />

Dear Thembi<br />

Thank you for getting in touch with us. When you move<br />

into a house, you need to compile a three month snag<br />

list (plug, door handles, window/s/ pane ect.) In<br />

addition to that the NHBRC has a warranty cover<br />

which covers your house for 1 year roof leak<br />

and 5 year major structural defects. If you need<br />

further information please contact our Tshwane office<br />

for further guidance.<br />

Dear Titus<br />

Thank you for getting in touch.<br />

Any person in the business of<br />

building homes is required by law to<br />

be registered with the NHBRC and<br />

renew their membership annually.<br />

The benefits of registering are:<br />

Compliance with the act<br />

Recognition by financial<br />

institutions as an accredited<br />

homebuilder<br />

Access to the NHBRCs mediation<br />

services<br />

Access to the NHBRCs training<br />

programmes and other building<br />



Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning your home. You owe it to yourself and family to enjoy a clean<br />

that’s more than dirt-deep. Think allergen-deep. And spring cleaning isn’t something to dread—just follow our easy spring<br />

cleaning tips and tricks.<br />

Before you tackle your home, check out our tips for spring cleaning your house below to make sure you don’t miss a spot. Once<br />

you’re ready to get cleaning, use our tips as a guide:<br />

1. Make a schedule: Scope out your home - What areas need the most work? Where do you skip during routine cleaning?.<br />

2. De-clutter: Studies have shown that a disorganized home adds to your stress level.<br />

3. Always work from the bottom:When you think about how to spring clean your home, it’s important to start from the ceiling<br />

down.<br />

4. Use a vacuum cleaner : It’s one of the best spring cleaning supplies you can arm yourself with.<br />

5. W alls and W indows Need Love too: People almost always think to clean their floors, but they<br />

typically forget about walls and windows.<br />

6. Think Green W hen You Spring Clean: You want to start spring off on a clean note, so don’t expose<br />

yourself to chemicals and toxins.<br />

7. Don’t Be Scared of the Kitchen and Bathroom: No longer fear cleaning your bathroom! You’ll get<br />

through it.<br />

8. Don’t Forget About Your Air: Replacing furnace and filters is one of the most important and<br />

overlooked parts of spring cleaning., you can also consider getting an air purifier .<br />

9. Spring Cleaning Safety : Cleaning will more than likely unsettle all the winter dust on furniture and<br />

fixtures. If you suffer from allergies or are using heavy -duty cleaners, be sure to read the labels.<br />

10. Let Spring Cleaning Set a New Tone: If your space feels dark and heavy, you can mak e small<br />

changes to help make it light and fresh fo r spring.<br />

Source: Sylvane


The National Homebuilders Registration Council<br />

27 Leeukop Road<br />

Sunninghill<br />

Johannesburg<br />

2191<br />

TEL: 011 317 0000<br />

TOLL FREE HOTLINE: 0800 200 824<br />

FRAUD HOTLINE: 0800 203 698<br />

www.nhbrc.org.za<br />

Email: thenhbrc@nhbrc.org.za<br />


Editor in Chief: Tshepo Nkosi (tsheponk@nhbrc.org.za)<br />

Editor: Portia Sebulela (portias@nhbrc.org.za)<br />

Contributors: Molebogeng Taunyane<br />

Sylvane<br />

The Department of Human Settlements<br />

Nkululeko Buthelezi<br />

The NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements

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