Akani December/ January

Dear Esteemed Stakeholder Please find enclosed the December/January edition of Akani. Akani is a XiTsonga word meaning To Build. An online publication dedicated to keep all our stakeholders abreast of the NHBRCs activities. As always, we welcome your feedback. Regards, Stakeholder Communications

Dear Esteemed Stakeholder

Please find enclosed the December/January edition of Akani. Akani is a XiTsonga word meaning To Build.

An online publication dedicated to keep all our stakeholders abreast of the NHBRCs activities.

As always, we welcome your feedback.

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Volume 3 Issue 1

This month we observe :

Skin cancer Awareness Month

World Leprosy Day

World Braille Day


1. MEC Pieters hands over

to Maart famiy

2. Victory in landmark


3. NHBRC Donates furniture

in Mtata

4. Western Cape Youth


5. Remembering David


6. Limpopo Handover


Eastern Cape Human Settlements MEC

Ms Nonkqubela Pieters and Blue Crane


Mayor Mr Bonisile Manxoweni outside

the home handed over to Mr Maart.

MEC Pieters Hands Over home to the

Maart Family

By Samkelo Gqeba

The dignity of Mr Dean David Maart, a disabled beneficiary, was restored

when the Eastern Cape MEC of Human Settlements Honourable, Ms

Nonkqubela Pieters handed over a new house on the 11th of October. Mr

Maart was an active rugby player until he got into an accident that paralysed

him in the year 2000. Mr Maart is living with his wife Josie Jacobs, who is

unemployed, his three dependents and his three grandchildren. The family

depends and survives on Mr Maart’s disability grant.

Due to the urgency of his case, the Blue Crane Municipality together with the

Provincial Department of Human Settlements erected a 45m2 house for the

family. The house features amenities caters for Mr Maart’s needs.

The house is a four roomed with two bedrooms, a lounge and an open plan

kitchen. As part of its Social Transformation Programme, the NHBRC donated

furniture to the Maart’s family.

Speaking at the handover, MEC Pieters said that the mandate of the

Department of Human Settlements is derived from Section 26 of the

Constitution of the Republic of South, 1996.

“The department has an obligation to provide adequate housing to the

Citizens of the Province including disabled persons and should utilise

available resources to rescue these families from this inhabitable situation

and the department has a huge responsibility to intervene and provide the

Destitute persons with access to integrated and sustainable houses.”

Ms Josie Jacobs accepted the house on behalf of her husband who has been

hospitalised. Ms Jacobs said she was very grateful and thankful to the MEC

and the Blue Crane Municipality for helping their family. She said she only

wished that her husband was there to witness what the government has done

for his family.

Legal Victory

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Concourt Affirms NHBRC’s Mandate on Rental Market


By Hulisani Mmbara

The NHBRC team achieved a great victory in a landmark case for the NHBRC which was before the Constitutional


In an order which was granted on the 18th of September 2019, the Constitutional Court dismissed Xantha Properties’

application for Leave to Appeal the Judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), with costs.

In May 2019, the SCA declared that home builders constructing homes for rental or leasing purposes are obliged to

enrol the homes with the NHBRC. The SCA also rejected Xantha’s argument that certain provisions of the Act be

declared unconstitutional, unlawful and invalid.

This matter started in 2017, when Xantha approached the NHBRC and contended that 223 homes which they were

constructing in Wynberg, Cape Town, for rental or leasing purposes, need not be enrolled with the NHBRC as Xantha

did not intend to sell the homes to third parties.

The NHBRC did not agree with Xantha and informed them that all homes which are constructed for leasing or rental

purposes must be enrolled in terms of the Act.

Subsequently, Xantha enrolled the homes under protest and brought a High Court application seeking a declaration

that Xantha is not required to enrol the homes, alternatively, challenging the constitutionality of the relevant

provisions of the Act, if the Court agreed with the interpretation that Xantha is obliged to enrol the homes.

The Western Cape High Court ruled in favour of Xantha but its Judgment was overturned in favour of the NHBRC at

the SCA, which led to Xantha approaching the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the SCA Judgment.

The Constitutional Court’s dismissal of Xantha’s application for Leave to Appeal means that all home builders who

intends to construct homes solely for purposes of leasing or renting out are obliged to enrol the homes as per the

Act, regardless of whether or not they intend to sell the homes in future. The NHBRC must continue to enforce the

Act in this regard.

The NHBRC vigorously pursued this case as the prospects of Xantha’s success would have the effect of undermining

the objects of the Act and the existence of the NHBRC or its effectiveness to regulate the home building industry

and to protect housing consumers.

We commend the NHBRC Legal Team and the Business Services colleagues in the Western Cape Province, who

supported this critical litigation to ensure that the NHBRC safeguards its mandate to regulate the home building

industry and to champion the rights of housing consumers.

NHBRC Donates furniture in Mtata

By Samkelo Gqeba

Christmas came early for 14 homeless families in Ntokwezeni

village, outside Mthata who were handed newly built homes on

the 12 th of December 2019 by the Deputy Minister of Human

Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Honourable Pamela

Tshwete and MEC of Human Settlements in the Eastern Cape,

Honourable Nonkqubela Pieters.

These families were left homeless following a devastating

tornado and heavy rains in January 2017 which left a trail of

destruction and resulted in a loss of life and several others

severely injured.

The EC Department of Human Settlements rallied with local

government to assist the affected families. In support of the

house handover ceremony, the NHBRC donated household

furniture to three destitute families as part of its Corporate

Social Responsibility policy. The beneficiaries of this donation

included the elderly, child headed families and the disabled.

79-year-old Mamu Nobungile Galeni

receiving keys to her new house fullyfurnished

from Deputy Minister of Human

Settlements, Water and Sanitation,

Honourable Pamela Tshwete and MEC of

Human Settlements, Honourable Nonkqubela


Mogale City in Mourning

Courtesy of Mogale City

The NHBRC mourns with the Mogale City Local Municipality on the passing of Executive Mayor

Councillor Patrick Naga Lipudi after a short illness. Councillor Lipudi was elected Mogale City

Executive Mayor on 28 June 2017 after serving as the Speaker of Council from 7 December 2016.He

will leave a tremendous void in local government and in all the political and government

structures where he served. His tenacity, meticulousness, and perseverance in changing the lives

of the people of Mogale City for the better will be solely missed. Our sincere condolences to his

family, friends, Mogale City employees and leadership, and the entire community of Mogale City.

May his soul rest in peace .


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Western Cape Youth Training

By Agnes Van Den Berg

The NHBRC’s mandate is to regulate the home building industry and training forms part of its functions of

ensuring the construction of quality homes. Training of the Youth is an important part of the NHBRC’s

transformation programme, proudly geared towards contributing to the reduction of the high youth

unemployment levels pervasive in our country.

Africa’s young population is growing rapidly. This demographic trend provides an opportunity for

economic growth and a chance to break the chain of poverty. Young people are sources of

entrepreneurship, energy and willingness to innovate.

For Q4 of the Financial Year 2019/2020 the NHBRC has training scheduled in Occupational Health and

Safety Training, Technical Skills Training, Bricklaying, Plumbing, Electrical Training, Plastering, Project

Management, Carpentry, Construction Management, Roofing and Painting. This training will happen in

various centres across the country. It is anticipated that these sessions will create 907 training

opportunities for young people. We believe that training the Youth provides them with necessary skills

to start their own businesses and master of their destinies.

NHBRC Youth Training: This group of 15 young

people is receiving training in Bricklaying at the

Boland College in Paarl. The training is done as a

partnership between the NHBRC and the Western

Cape Department of Human Settlements

Phumza Mbokwana, NHBRC Training Coordinator in

the Western Cape (Left) is attending to members of

the Youth group being trained in bricklaying during

November 2019 at Boland College in Paarl, Western


Stakeholder Relations

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Minister Sisulu calls on the board of the EAAB to better position

the entity with its stakeholders

Courtesy of DHS

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has met with the Board of Directors of the

Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB), an entity of the Department of Human Settlements. The meeting was held

in Pretoria on Tuesday 17 December 2019 entity of the Department of Human Settlements. The meeting was

held in Pretoria on Tuesday 17 December 2019.

Minister Sisulu was briefed on the progress the EAAB is making in executing its mandate, including the recent

assessment by the Auditor-General that points to an improvement in its internal processes. The Board also gave

a report on work being done towards implementation of the Property Practitioners Act, which was promulgated

by the President few months ago.

Minister Sisulu also received a briefing on the challenges that the EAAB has been experiencing internally and

the allegations of maladministration that have been reported on in the media. The Board informed that it has

instituted processes, including through its Social and Ethics Committee, to investigate grievances and various

allegations that have surfaced. The Board also disclosed that its processes were being undermined through the

regrettable leaking of information to the media and through various unfounded statements.

Enriched by the discussion the Minister voiced her concern that internal matters that should have been

addressed by the entity had reached mainstream and social media. The meeting determined that the

Department would look into the veracity of the allegations including unethical behaviour and the leaking of



She further called for swift implementation of the Board resolution and recommendations regarding the

execution of a comprehensive change management process by the executive team towards smoother running of

the organisation. The Board was also expected to address matters that could potentially damage the

reputation of the organisation.

Minister Sisulu urged the Board of the EAAB to use the opportunity presented by the challenges to turn the

situation around and focus the entity on working in collaboration with its stakeholders in the property sector

towards building a resilent property market in South Africa and housing the nation.

Honourable Minister Lindiwe Sisulu


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Remembering Mr David Mapikitla

The NHBRC mourns the passing of one of the NHBRC Council Members,

Mr. David Mapikitla. Mr Mapikitla passed on after a short illness.

Mr Mapikitla had over 15 years of experience acquired from various

industries including Civil Engineering Consultancy, Construction and

Academia as a lecturer.

He had senior engineering, technical, administrative and

management experience gained through his executive directorship

tenures at various companies, where he added indelible value to the

direction of the NHBRC.

The late Mr David Mapikitla

The NHBRC is deeply saddened by this untimely passing and the loss

of such an astute leader. Our heartfelt condolences go to the

Mapikitla’s family, friends and colleagues.

May his soul rest in peace.

Braille Literacy Awareness Month

Acknowledging National Braille Literacy Month is recognized each

year during the month of January to help promote the importance

of the Braille system to the blind and visually impaired community

coupled with acknowledging the rights of the blind and partially

sighted people at the same time.

During this time, blind people around the world hold programmes to

honour Louis Braille, through whom information access is now

possible as the father of literacy for the blind inventing a system of

reading and writing for people who are blind or virtually impaired.

Arecent report released by Census called ‘Profile of person with

disabilities in South Africa’, Stated that: “There is low labour

market absorption of persons with disabilities. The degree of

difficulty is related to economic participation, with increased

difficulty being associated with a decrease in labour market


January is Braille Literacy Awareness


“According to the

World Health

Organisation, 285

million people are

visually impaired ”

In five of the six functional domains, employment levels were

highest among persons with no difficulty and lowest among persons

with severe difficulties across the provinces. Through the NHBRC

Social Transformation and empowerment programme, the focus

interests groups include persons with disabilities alongside youth,

women and military veterans.

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The Department of Water and Sanitation Launches Master Plan

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) launched its long-awaited master plan to guide investment in the

water sector and facilitate development planning for water resources and the delivery of water and sanitation

services to 2030 and beyond.The National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NWSMP) seeks a resilient and fit-for-use

water supply; universal water and sanitation provision; equitable sharing and allocation of water resources;

effective infrastructure management, operation and maintenance; and reduction of future water demand.

The master plan sets out nearly 100 key immediate, short-term and future-thinking action steps to ensure South

Africa stabilises its struggling water sector, enables access to water for all and preserves the already stressed,

valuable and scarce resource.“We are a water scarce country. We have one of the lowest rainfall averages in the

world, coupled with a very uneven distribution. This situation is predicted to get even worse on the back of climate

change,” warns Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

“We need to focus our attention and resources on maintaining our current infrastructure, securely guarding water

sources and most essentially educating our people on the necessity of looking after their rivers, harvesting rain and

caring for the environment,” she told delegates at the launch.Some of the key action plans focus on reducing water

demand and increasing supply; redistributing water for transformation; regulating the water sector; improving raw

water quality and protecting and restoring ecological infrastructure.“Our water security can only be guaranteed by

a combination of smart technology, a great game-plan and human capital in the sector,” she says, noting that South

Africa can avoid a projected 17% water deficit by 2030 by implementing the NWSMP.In line with this, the DWS and

the Department of Public Works have teamed up to deal with ageing infrastructure and new build projects, along

with an intended “war on leaks” to reverse what is a significant waste of water amid extreme scarcity.

She adds that government has and will invest in several water resource infrastructure projects aligned to the

NWSMP, such as the Lesotho Highland Water Project Phase II, De Hoop dam and Clanwilliam dam, along with various

wastewater treatment plants, bulk storage and bulk pipelines projects.

The master plan will also address the “enabling” requirements of the sector, such as the institutional and legal

arrangements for implementation, funding requirements and models, monitoring and evaluation models, as well as

the creation of effective water sector institutions, managing data and information, building capacity, ensuring

financial sustainability, amending legislation where required and enhancing research, development and innovation.

The plan would cost about R898-billion over the next ten years, with an expected shortfall of R333-billion.

The master plan indicates that the funding gap of R33.3-billion a year over the next ten years must be reduced

through “purposeful interventions, such as policy reviews, enhanced regulation, implementation of cost efficient

measures and proper management of user expectation and demands”.


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Vredebees – A dream come true

The dreams of hundred and twenty-three (123) residents of

several informal settlements on the outskirts of Ceres came

true when they were handed over homes by the Western

Cape’s MEC for Human Settlements, Tertius Simmers last

week Thursday.

The Ceres Valley is a major producer of South Africa's

deciduous fruits which are cultivated for export purposes

resulting in the creation of seasonal job opportunities.

These circumstances resulted in the creation of informal

settlements as workers started to migrate to the area looking

for economic prospects.

Twenty years ago, several surrounding informal settlements

were integrated into one community called Vredebes.

NHBRC was responsible for assuring the quality of the homes


“The Ceres Valley is a

major producer of

South Africa's

deciduous fruits”

Sarel Says NO!

The NHBRC would like to convey its gratitude and appreciation

to Limpopo based Senior Inspector Sarel Matsi whose ethical

stance against corruption became a recent radio conversation on

Energy FM.

The NHBRC appreciates Sarels efforts in exemplifying our values

and illustrating that our determination to instil an ethical

culture free of corruption or any maleficence is gaining

momentum, as we galvanise Team NHBRC to live values

espoused by The NHBRC Way.

To get the podcast of this interview, please follow this link :


Mr Sarel Matsi : Senior Inspector

Laughing all the way to the Piggy bank

Have you made resolutions for New Years? One of the most common topics for resolutions revolves around

finances. If you need some ideas, Forbes has some to consider for 2020:

1) Track your spending.

2) Make a spending plan.

3) Check your insurance coverage.

4) Build up an emergency fund.

5) Pay down high interest debt.

6) Protect your credit.

7) Buy a home you can afford.

8) Run a retirement estimator.

9) Contribute to a Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA)

10) Contribute more on health savings

11) Consider consolidating retirement accounts.

12) Save for education expenses.

13) Make sure your investments are properly diversified

14) Treat yourself and those you love


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The NHBRC launches ethics blog

According to the recently released South African Business Ethics Survey (SABES) overall corporate SA

ethical culture has a moderate risk score of 63 which indicates that, as a country, we are in the

developmental stage of an ethical culture.

The survey further revealed that the two top ethical culture risks as perceived by employees are:

Lack of ethical treatment of employees and

Lack of ethics accountability and responsibility.

Similarly, the NHBRC’s Ethics Survey conducted by Ethics Monitor in 2016 revealed that our overall score

was low and that a number of issues needed attention such as the extent to which;

Leaders are seen to live the values and positively shape ethics; and

Employees feel valued and their concerns are taken into account.

This illustrates that an organisation’s culture is made up of the collective ethics of all its employees.

However, ethics is a choice based on the knowledge of what is right and wrong and has consequences.

As the NHBRC we believe that ethics is not something that should be left to chance in our pursuit of the

highest standards of professional ethics.

In our bid to promote engagement around ethics in the organisation the NHBRC launched an ethics blog

to drive an ethical culture in the organisation that supports our vision for a formidable and ethical



Ethics is derived from the Greek word ethicos or that

which pertains to ethos, the English translation of which

is “custom”, “characteristic way of acting” or “habit”.

The Latin equivalent is mos, mores from which come

the word moral and morality

Socrates was regarded as the father of ethics and


Socrates : Greek Philosopher

(470 BC-399 BC)

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NHBRC Movements

The NHBRC is pleased to announce the following changes in their leadership


Mr Tshepo Ramalla : Provincial Manager


Mrs Tamlyn Bouwer : Finance Manager

NHBRC Council Chairperson

Council Chairperson Mr Enoch Godongwana has resigned

from the NHBRC Council. Management wishes to express

their appreciation for the leadership provided by Mr

Godongwana in his brief role as the Chairperson of Council

and wish him well in his future endeavours.

Folloing Mr Godongwana’s departure the Hon. Minister of

Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation appointed Ms.

Julieka Bayat as the new Chairperson of Council, effective

5th December 2019.

Ms Bayat is not new to the NHBRC having previously served

as Acting Chairperson of Council. We welcome Ms Bayat

and wish her all the best as she embarks on this new role.

Ms Julieka Bayat : NHBRC Council Chairperson

Buza UBrenda

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Sanibonani! My name

is Brenda the Builder.

As citizens, we have

rights, but with those

come obligations. I

am here to assist you

in realising your

rights as a housing

consumer and

understanding the

NHBRCs mandate.


Dear Brenda

I recently went to your offices on 99

Jip De Jager drive in the Office Vine

Estates and to my surprise I found

it vacant. Where do Capetonians go

when they need assistance in the

province ?

Mgcineni Buthelezi, Kwa Langa

Dear Mgcineni

Please note as at 1 October our

Cape Town office have moved to

Centenial Office Park, East Block,

Century City Boulevard, Milnerton.

Should you need further assistance

the number remains unchanged,

where you can contact the office

on 021 913 9210

NHBRC Inspections

Dear Brenda

I missed the the Housing Consumers Protection Bill session in Durban. How can still access this


Veejay Reddy, Isipingo

Dear Veejay

Thank you for getting touch and showing interest on the Bill. To recap or follow the sessions that took

place please follow this link on our website :


Ask Brenda by emailing thenhbrc@nhbrc.org.za with the subject line : BUZA UBRENDA


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Limpopo hands over house to child

headed household

By Thapelo Sibanda

NHBRC Limpopo in partnership with the Modimolle Municipality,

Mamondo Developers & Construction, Department of Social

Development and South African Women in Construction (SAWIC)

recently handed over a house to a child headed family of five (5) in

Phagameng Township.

The family was living in a two room shack situated on the stand

where the house has been built and they are surviving on a child

support grant.

NHBRC Provincial Manger Mpho Ramalla hands

over the home

This is the fifth home that the NHBRC in Limpopo has given to a

destitute family since 2014.

Provincial Manager Tshepo Ramalla also handed over an enrolment

certificate to the family.

NHBRC Cooks on World Food day

World Food Day was a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger, and

highlight the plight of 870 million undernourished people in the world. Food and

Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) designated the 16 th of October as World

Food Day in 1979. The day is celebrated annually by people around the world

who come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide


The NHBRC in partnership with NGO Meals On Wheels commemorated World Food

Day by participating in a cook out challenge on Wednesday 16 October at NASREC

EXPO Centre, Johannesburg where there was a drive to serve 10 000 meals to

beneficiaries in the East and South Rand.

NHBRC Employee Volunteers on World Food


National Homebuilders

Registration Council

27 Leeuwkop Road Sunninghill





The NHBRC had employees who volunteered from Gauteng and Sunninghill offices

who were in teams to prepare nutritious meals that were packaged and delivered

to beneficiaries in collaboration with other corporate institutions, communitybased

organisations, government and media institutions.

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