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AKHANI<br />

TO BUILD<br />

December 2018<br />

Volume 3, Issue 1<br />

Mr Thihangwi Mudau hands over the house to the 12 year old beneficiary<br />



On Monday, 10 December 2018, the Limpopo MEC of COGHSTA, Mr Jerry Ndou joined the NHBRC<br />

and its sponsor to hand over a house to a child-headed family in Thabazimbi. The family is headed by<br />

a 12-year old girl who also looks after her mentally retarded brother and uncle. High Point Trading 263<br />

CC - a 100% black female-owned Innovative Building Technologies (IBTs) company sponsored and<br />

built the 5-roomed house. The house was built within a period of three weeks which illustrates the<br />

speed and cost savviness of constructing IBT’s compared to the conventional brick and mortar.<br />

During construction more than 82% of the youth in Thabazimbi were employed to build the house in<br />

order to alleviate the high unemployment rate in the community. The NHBRC supports approved IBT<br />

system developers who embark on community initiatives by showcasing their innovative systems in<br />

order to ensure that those who are destitute, living with disabilities and child-headed families are<br />

provided with a sustainable home. This forms part of the NHBRC’s corporate responsibility and<br />

mandate that seeks to promote and raise awareness about IBTs in South Africa.<br />

DID YOU KNOW : In November 2018, The Department of Human Settlements<br />

celebrated the delivery of 4.7 million housing opportunities since 1994<br />

by launching three social housing projects worth R300 million in Bellair, south<br />

of Durban city, meant to bring beneficiaries closer to work opportunities.<br />

Special Interest<br />

Articles:<br />

• IBT House handover 1<br />

• The NHBRC carries out<br />

its STEP Mandate 4<br />

• Buza uBongani 7<br />

Individual<br />

Highlights:<br />

EC Women<br />

training 2<br />

New<br />

appointment in<br />

Gauteng 2



EC Women benefit from<br />

technical training<br />

As part of women month activities, the<br />

NHBRC Eastern Cape Training Department<br />

On 29 October 2018,the MEC of<br />

Human Settlements in Gauteng, Mr<br />

Uhuru Moiloa visited the NHBRC<br />

Head-Office to meet with the CEO of<br />

NHBRC Mr. Mziwonke Dlabantu as<br />

part of a joint collaborative effort<br />

between his department and the<br />

NHBRC.<br />

Among key issues that were<br />

discussed included the following;<br />

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Abandoned CRU projects and<br />

structural assessments<br />

Innovative Building<br />

Technology Guidelines<br />

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Illegal invasions and hijacking<br />

of houses, budget pressures<br />

and proposed solutions<br />

Possible corrective response to<br />

houses built on wetlands and<br />

defects<br />

Outstanding debt to the<br />

NHBRC<br />

Incubation programme<br />

Unsigned MOU<br />

Utilisation of Engineers from<br />

NHBRC on departmental<br />

projects.<br />

in partnership with Senqu Local Municipality<br />

hosted three-day women in construction<br />

technical training workshop at Sterkspruit,<br />

Bhunga Hall from 22-24 August 2018.The<br />

main purpose of the workshop was to equip<br />

women-owned home builders with technical<br />

standards and compliance skills in<br />

preparation of the roll out of the formal<br />

training programme. About 25 registered<br />

women-owned home builders from Joe<br />

Gqabi District municipalities attended the<br />

session.The training focuses on house<br />

construction stages such as type of soils,<br />

foundations, super structure, roof and<br />

finishing, practical completion and ,<br />

occupational health and safety.<br />

One of the attendees, Nomzi Ngulube from<br />

Ponama Construction said the training was<br />

beneficial to her company as she is currently<br />

involved in a local human settlements<br />

project.“I have learnt new things about<br />

house construction especially about the new<br />

FLTR: Ms Nurse Chavalala (Regional Manager : Inland), Mr Uhuru Moiloa ( MEC of Human Settlements in<br />

Gauteng), Mr. Mziwonke Dlabantu (CEO:NHBRC), Ms Matilda Gasela (HOD : Gauteng Human Settlements)<br />


It is with great pleasure to announce that Ms. Nurse Chavalala has been<br />

appointed as Regional Manager: Inland with effect from the 1 st of December<br />

2018. We hereby congratulate her and wish her all of the best in her<br />

professional endeavours and her continued service to the NHBRC. As Regional<br />

Manager: Inland, she will be responsible for the following amongst other things:<br />

Provision of regional operational and strategic leadership to the NHBRC’s<br />

Inland Regional office;<br />

- Ensuring customer service centricity in all the operations of the region;<br />

- Execution of the NHBRC’s strategy throughout the region and manage<br />

relationships between the region’s relevant provincial offices,<br />

stakeholders, customers and home building entities;<br />

- Develop the regional strategy that must be implemented within the<br />

approved parameters and policies.<br />

We thank you in advance for your support to her as she sets out in her new<br />

professional journey.<br />

home building manual. As a subcontractor,<br />

the knowledge I have gained from this<br />

training programme will improve the quality<br />

of BNG houses that I am currently building in<br />

Sterkspruit.”<br />

Nurse Chavalala: Newly appointed<br />

Regional Manager : Inland

Govan Mbeki Awards Honours Struggle Heroes<br />

More than 1000 delegates from all the<br />

country’s nine provinces will converged on<br />

30 November at East London International<br />

Convention Centre to attend the 2018<br />

Govan Mbeki Awards. Named after the<br />

struggle icon, Govan Mbeki, the Awards<br />

honour excellence in the human<br />

settlements delivery. They acknowledge<br />

the role played by provinces,<br />

municipalities, developers in in delivering<br />

quality houses and creating sustainable<br />

human settlements. The 2018 Awards<br />

come as the country recently reached a<br />

milestone of having delivered over 4.7<br />

million housing opportunities since 1994.<br />

Following a rigorous and independent evaluation process, finalists competed in 17<br />

categories that included among others, the Best Upgraded Informal Settlements,<br />

the Best Integrated Human Settlements, the Best Woman Contractor, Youth<br />

Contractor, and the Best Province in Human Settlements Delivery. Human<br />

Settlements Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo bestowed the Life-Time Achievement<br />

Awards to Albertina Sisulu; Mathew Goniwe; Fort Calata; Sicelo Mhlawuli; Sparrow<br />

Mkonto; Qaqawuli Godolozi; Sipho Hashe; and Champion Galela for the role they<br />

played in the struggle for a free South Africa. The Awards were preceded by a Golf<br />

Challenge in the morning of Friday, 30 th of November 2018, whose proceeds would<br />

go towards building a house for 61-year-old Ms Thobeka Daniso. The Buffalo City<br />

Municipality, through a council resolution, approved the project and is currently<br />

seized with internal processes to make sure Daniso has a house. Minister Mfeketo,<br />

the MEC for Human Settlements in the Eastern Cape, the Executive Mayor of<br />

Buffalo City Municipality will also handover to struggle veteran Mrs Nothemba<br />

Fazzie, a house in Duncan Village which its construction was initiated by President<br />

Ramaphosa in <strong>January</strong> 8 this year.<br />

Some category winners at the East London Convention Centre on the night of the 2018 Govan Mbeki Awards



As part of Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, the NHBRC in partnership with the Eastern Cape<br />

Department of Human Settlements handed over certificates to 50 unemployed youth that were trained in<br />

bricklaying in the rural villages of Qunu and Mqekezwni. The event held at Qunu Thusong Centre on 25<br />

September 2018, was attended by MEC for the Department of Human Settlements Hon Mlungisi Mvoko, local<br />

councillors from King Sabata Dalidyebo Municipality and members of the Mvezo Traditional Council. The training<br />

programme consists of female learners 60 % and 40 was part of the NHBRC’s youth in construction accredited<br />

skills development programmes. The youth also benefited from NYDA in Life Skills training programme.The<br />

NHBRC youth in construction training seeks to develop a pool of skilled youth in the human settlements sector in<br />

a bid to improve their employability and participation in the local construction projects. The training programmes<br />

are conducted by registered facilitators with Construction Seta and modules are accredited NQF levels.<br />

NHBRC Training Consultant responsible for Eastern Cape, Nomthandazo Mkwanzazi said the youth from<br />

Madiba’s birthplace will be placed in the local human settlement flagship project to gain much- needed practical<br />

experience. “An agreement was made with the local councillors, municipality and contractor that all of them<br />

(youth) will be placed in a Qunu Site and Mvezo site where a human settlement flagship project- Mandela 400<br />

first phase is currently under construction, “she said. One of the trainees, Pumeza Khohliwe said she was<br />

hopeful that the training programme will help them to get jobs.<br />

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The jubilant youth holding their certificates outside Qunu Post Office, EC<br />


On 01 October 2018 the NHBRC in Mpumalanga in partnership with Thembisile Hani Local<br />

Municipality trained 27 people living with disabilities with Occupational Health and Safety<br />

Training. This is part of a number of initiatives that will be rolled-out nationwide aimed at<br />

empowering and upskilling people living with disabilities as mandated by STEP. Following<br />

their successful completion of the training, the local municipality has pledged to place the<br />

participants on a priority list and appoint them on upcoming construction projects with<br />

pertinence to their recently acquired skills.This initiative culminated into a joyous<br />

graduation ceremony delegates from the municipality, NHBRC and families of some of the<br />

graduates were in attendance to witness this proud moment.<br />

Gradution Ceremony in<br />

Polokwane<br />

On Thursday, 18 October 2018,<br />

the Department of Human<br />

Settlements, Limpopo Province,<br />

the NHBRC and SAWIC held a<br />

graduation ceremony in<br />

Polokwane, at the Protea Hotel<br />

Landmark, Limpopo.<br />

The NHBRC Centre for Research<br />

and Innovation recently trained 150<br />

learners from November 2017 until<br />

August 2018 District in the<br />

following courses:<br />

- Health and Safety<br />

- Home Building Technical<br />

Skills<br />

- Construction Management<br />

The learners have since registered<br />

with the NHBRC as the Registered<br />

Home Builders during the inception<br />

of the programme.<br />

COGHSTA Limpopo, the NHBRC<br />

and SAWIC partnered to ensure a<br />

successful training programme.<br />

Stay tuned for upcoming<br />

graduation ceremonies in all<br />


THE NHBRC MOBILE OFFICE rolls into 2019<br />

Our 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 />

These 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 milestone.<br />

The NHBRC Mobile Office can be reached in the following provinces to kick off 2019:<br />

2019<br />

Date<br />

Event/Venue<br />

07-30 <strong>January</strong> Limpopo<br />

04-28 February Mpumalanga<br />

18 February-22 March KwaZuluNatal<br />

04-22 March Eastern Cape<br />

Updates on venues in the provinces will be communicated on our social media platforms and regional print media<br />


The NHBRC would like to welcome Ernest Sonnenberg as the new provincial manager in<br />

the Eastern Cape. Ernest is an accomplished leader with extensive experience in<br />

management and stakeholder engagement. He has 12 years’ experience as a business<br />

manager at Sonnenberg Transport where he was responsible for the overall operation of<br />

the business between 1994 till 2006; he continued to serve in an advisory capacity till<br />

2011. He has a further 12 years’ experience in local government, 7 years as a member<br />

of the executive of the Council of the City of Cape Town, where he was responsible for<br />

Human Settlement development between 2011 and 2013 and then for Utility Services<br />

(previously referred to as trade services) till the end of 2016. Utility Services included the<br />

departments of Solid Waste, Electricity and Water and Sanitation. In 2107, he was<br />

appointed as a director for the newly established Area Base Service Delivery Directorate<br />

(ABSD). The purpose of the new directorate was to enhance transversal management<br />

and improve customer centricity.<br />

He is educated in both Public and Business Administration with an Advanced Diploma in<br />

Public Administration from the University of the Western Cape and a Master of Business<br />

Administration (MBA) from Stellenbosch University.<br />

He however believes that soft skills contribute significantly to the success of an organization. To this extend his experience<br />

and understanding of stakeholders, communities and their dynamics, will allow him to successfully engage with them to the<br />

benefit of all concerned.



Sanibonani! My name is<br />

Bongani the Builder. As citizens,<br />

we have rights, but with those<br />

come obligations. I am here to<br />

assist you in realising your<br />

rights as a housing consumer<br />

and understanding the NHBRCs<br />

mandate.<br />

IBT’s<br />

Dear Bongani<br />

What re IBTs and what is their<br />

relevance?<br />

Godfrey Pooe, Rustenburg<br />

Dear Godfrey<br />

The NHBRC has taken the position<br />

that the term innovative building<br />

technology (IBT) is more inclusive of<br />

all innovation in artefacts or<br />

processes. IBTs can provide<br />

solutions to relevant challenges in<br />

both the public and private sector.<br />

Some benefits of using IBTs in<br />

housing projects as compared to<br />

conventional construction methods,<br />

include cost savings, improved rate<br />

of construction, lower maintenance,<br />

improved energy efficiency, water<br />

savings, less wastage, improved<br />

embodied energy and social<br />

acceptability.<br />

NHBRC Involvement<br />

Dear Bongani<br />

I would like to use my bonus pay out to build my parents a home. Does this mean that I have<br />

to involve the NHBRC?<br />

Unity Kgoanana, Seshego<br />

Dear Unity<br />

Building a new home is a key milestone in anyone’s life. The Act requires all home builders to enrol every new<br />

home with the NHBRC at least 15 days prior to construction. The enrolment of a new home is the first step in the<br />

protection of a housing consumers’ right, as provided by the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, 1998.<br />

IN addition, any person in the business of building is required by law to be registered with the NHBRC. So make<br />

sure your chosen homebuilder is registered with the NHBRC before building<br />

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



It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump,<br />

not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late <strong>January</strong> may increase your anxiety. When your holiday<br />

decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can<br />

make the later winter months feel hopeless.<br />

However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for<br />

people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout<br />

the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on <strong>January</strong> 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” says psychologist Lynn<br />

Bufka, PhD. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important<br />

and working toward it, one step at a time.”<br />

By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy<br />

behavior into your everyday life. APA offers these tips when thinking about a News Year’s resolution:<br />

1. Start small<br />

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four<br />

days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy,<br />

like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.<br />

2. Change one behavior at a time<br />

Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time.<br />

Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a<br />

time.<br />

3. Talk about it<br />

Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class<br />

at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your<br />

journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.<br />

4. Don’t beat yourself up<br />

Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give<br />

up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy.<br />

Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.<br />

5. Ask for support<br />

Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by<br />

your resolution. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help.<br />

Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to<br />

how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable, as well as help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional<br />

issues.<br />

Source: APA


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 />

Hastings Moeng<br />

Vuk’uzenzele<br />

The Department of Human Settlements<br />

Busiswa Mlandu<br />

Nkululeko Buthelezi

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