SAHF Acknowledges Achievements in the Housing Industry

The Southern African Housing Foundation held its annual National Housing Awards Ceremony at an African Evening Experience which took place on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 at Moyo, Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

The SAHF annually acknowledges achievements in the housing industry providing awards for Housing Person of the Year, Best Local Authority, Project of the Year, Community Development of the Year, Social Housing Project of the Year, Special Merit Awards and cash prizes to students for outstanding excellence.

The Chartered Institute of Housing in the United Kingdom provided a R10 000 cash prize which was awarded to Martin Abrahamse in recognition for obtaining the highest marks. He is acknowledged for his diligence, time management and excellent research capabilities in the Housing Module as part of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Degree Programme at the University of the Free State.

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From left: Robert Keats, CIH South East Branch; Martin Abrahamse; Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlements; John Hopkins, CEO - SAHF

Short summary of Martin's Master's dissertation:

A Proposed Housing Chapter for the IDP of the Greater Stellenbosch Municipality
Focus Town: Klapmuts, Western Cape Province

Point of departure:
The accelerated growth of urban populations over recent years has resulted in an increased demand for housing and services in cities and towns. It has also resulted in, inter alia, high rates of unemployment, poverty, crime, socially dysfunctional communities, increased formation of squatter settlements and diseases in local housing communities. The reality is that government have failed to adequately provide in the housing needs of our people and the lack of urgency and the absence of appropriate housing guidelines in Integrated Development Plans (IDP) often result in substantial housing backlogs as well as the manifestation of isolated and unsustainable communities. It is with this in mind that the need for housing chapters, as part of municipal IDP’s, has manifested itself as a necessity for the creation of viable and sustainable human settlements.

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