Department of Human Settlements

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Department of Human Settlements
Department overview
JurisdictionGovernment of South Africa
HeadquartersGovan Mbeki House, 240 Walker Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria
25°45′29″S 28°12′09″E / 25.75806°S 28.20250°E / -25.75806; 28.20250
Employees609 (2010/11)
Annual budgetR22,578 million (2011/12)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Zou Kota, Deputy Minister of Human Settlements
Department executive
  • Thabane Zulu, Director-General: Human Settlements
Child agencies
Key documents
  • Housing Act, 1997
  • Rental Housing Act, 1998
  • Social Housing Act, 2008

The Department of Human Settlements (formerly the Department of Housing) is the department under the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, of the South African government responsible for housing and urban development. Its primary purpose is the implementation of the constitutional mandate that "everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing." It works in co-operation with the provincial governments, each of which has its own Human Settlements department, and with the municipalities.

As of 2019 the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation is Lindiwe Sisulu and her deputy is Pamela Tshwete. In the 2011/12 budget the department had a budget of R22,578 million and a staff complement of 609 civil servants.[1]


  1. ^ "Vote 31: Human Settlements" (PDF). Estimates of National Expenditure 2011. Pretoria: National Treasury. 23 February 2011. ISBN 978-0-621-39863-2. Retrieved 6 January 2012.

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