The HDA has identified and prioritised a further 23 567.7257haof public owned land. This includesland owned by state enterprises such as Transnet and Denel. The shift is now towards identifying properties situated within built-up areas to ensure that challenges experienced with bulk service availability, urban consolidation and infill are minimised. However, in doing so, rural housing needs are not ignored.
The HDA was invited by the Northern Cape Province to attend a Human Settlements Planning and Alignment meeting on 21 September 2011.
Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has called on delegates attending the 12th International Housing and Home Warranty (IHHW) Conference to ensure that quality standards are not only upheld in big construction projects but also in projects that seeks to provide decent shelter for the poor.
The HDA hosted a Neighbourhood Development workshop on 6 September 2011 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg.
The HDA attended a Forum on Future Cities at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 12 and 13 April. The event, hosted by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab brought together leading thinkers in academia, industry and government from around the world to discuss pressing issues of urbanisation and to explore how new technologies are impacting on solutions to the problems.