Department of Human Settlements

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Department of Human Settlements
Department overview
Type Department
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters Govan 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
Employees 609 (2010/11)
Annual budget R22,578 million (2011/12)
Minister responsible Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Human Settlements
Deputy Minister responsible Zou Kota, Deputy Minister of Human Settlements
Department executive Thabane Zulu, Director-General: Human Settlements
Child agencies Servcon Housing Solutions
Thubelisha Homes
National Home Builders Registration Council
National Housing Finance Corporation
National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency
Rural Housing Loan Fund
Social Housing Foundation
Housing Development Agency
Social Housing Regulatory Authority
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 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 2012 the Minister of Human Settlements is Lindiwe Sisulu and her deputy is Zou Kota. 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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