Winds of Change Over SA's Urban Landscape

Pretoria — Cabinet has approved a plan which promises to change the way South Africa's urban landscape is configured.

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, on Friday said Cabinet had approved the Final Integrated Urban Development Framework and 2016/19 Implementation Plan.

"This marks a new deal for South African cities and towns, which will steer urban growth towards a sustainable growth model of compact, connected and coordinated cities and towns, which are safer, resource efficient and good places to work and live in," said Minister Radebe.

He said this is in line with the National Development Plan directive to develop an urban development policy that will ensure proper planning, infrastructure investment and management to support growth and unlock the economic potential of South Africa's cities and towns.

4.3 million homes delivered

Cabinet also congratulated the Department of Human Settlements on the delivery of 4.3 million houses and housing opportunities since the dawn of democracy.

These opportunities include 2 806 235 fully subsidised houses (Breaking New Ground houses), 121 784 social/rental housing, 6 329 Financial Linked Individual Subsidy Programme and 986 608 serviced sites.

This historic milestone has provided a roof for more than 20 million people. To celebrate this achievement, the department has launched a national campaign to profile this success.

The national launch took place in Cosmo City, one of the integrated priority projects around the country, which is also celebrating 10 years of its existence.

Cabinet thanked all South Africans for their contributions, dedication and hard work in ensuring that the dignity of South Africans in need is restored through human settlements.