SA’s housing delivery has almost halved since 2006/07
Minister Sisulu is right – SA’s housing delivery has almost halved since 2006/07
South Africa’s minister of human settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, said housing delivery has almost halved over the last six years. Official statistics back this up, but their reliability has been questioned.
Researched by Kate Wilkinson
South Africa has seen a “drastic decline in housing delivery over the past six years”, a front-page story in the country’s The New Age newspaper declared recently.
The paper was reporting on a speech the minister of human settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, made at an awards ceremony in Cape Town. Sisulu told the audience: “It is shocking and unbelievable that over the past six years, one of these years being in my time, we have delivered almost half of the number of houses that we delivered at the height of our delivery.”
Has housing delivery dropped over the past six years? And are only half the number of houses being delivered compared to the peak of delivery? Africa Check pulled the numbers.