Welcome to our quarterly newsletter of 2017 — updating and informing you, our stakeholders, about our activities and projects. The HDA is a national public development agency that was established by the Housing Development Agency Act of Parliament (Act 23 of 2008) to promote sustainable communities. This, the agency does through making well-located land and buildings available for, and leading and supporting the development of human settlements. For more information on how the HDA is structured, how it works and what services it provides, visit www.thehda.co.za.
The HDA has been abuzz with much activity as we close off the 2016/17 financial year. This has largely been due to the finalisation of the Catalytic Projects Programme that has necessitated extensive consultation with other government spheres and institutions. The process has culminated in a detailed implementation plan that has been tabled at various structures for inputs and sign-off. As we wrapped up the reporting period, the HDA had concluded the "administrative" process around the implementation plan. .
You will remember that on 21 November last year we hosted our first Annual Developers' Roundtable where we made public our revised mandate as an Agency. We are pleased to say that we are indeed in full steam as far as our institutional arrangements are concerned. We have repositioned the agency with the requisite personnel and skills it needs to dispose of its developer role.
In November 2016, the (national Department of Human Settlements) nDHS together with the Human Settlements Ministers and Members of Executive Councils meeting (MINMEC) approved for delivery a pipeline of 48 government-led projects as national priority human settlements projects. These form part of the catalytic projects programme.
During the 2016/2017 financial year, 48 government-led catalytic projects were approved by MINMEC. The HDA will assist the provincial departments and municipalities with the implementation of these catalytic projects. Over and above the HDA's role as a programme manager, our role will range from the repackaging of some projects to that of a developer and imple-menter of the entire project in some cases.
During her stakeholder session, post the recent Budget Vote, the Honourable Minister L. Sisulu, expressed her expectations of what these projects should achieve. The HDA remains committed to meeting these outcomes and we have put our shoulder to Central to our developer role is the need to increase our provincial visibility and to improve how we interface with our stakeholders both within government and the private sector. To this end, during the third quarter of 2016, the HDA launched a Strategic Initiatives Unit. This unit, staffed by private sector industry specialists, is tasked with identifying potential and strate-gic partnerships across the entire value chain of integrated human settlements developments. Beside providing subject matter expertise to all other units within the HDA, the unit has, to date, reviewed more than 80 potential partnership opportunities, including co-development, land availability agreements, local and international funding options, deal facilitation, strategic property acquisitions and developments. Many of these agendas have since progressed to the point of imminent implementation.
The private sector and, more broadly, local authorities have embraced this initiative with open arms, giving us the impetus to continue identifying, negotiating and implementing key strategic partnerships across the entire human settlements value chain. Key achievements to date include the conclusion of a partnership with one of South Africa’s largest investment and asset managers for the co-development, funding and implementation of 13 properties owned by the respective asset manager. These properties will ultimately cater for a broad spectrum of human settlements beneficiaries. In short, our developer role is indeed taking shape!
Last year's Govan Mbeki Awards had a good showing of HDA led and managed projects, and we look forward to seeing more of our contrac-tors being recognised for the excellent work they continue to deliver. We remain encouraged by the engagement we had in Nelson Mandela Bay with SMME contractors. While we acknowledge that a lot of work remains to be done, it was definitely a good start. Soon we will be going out and meeting various stakeholders to share our transformation agenda and to delve into greater detail about the implementation plan of the catalytic projects programme.
We look forward to sharing with you, our stakeholders, our achievements as we unfold our Annual Performance Plan for the financial year and encourage you to interact with us via our website and share any thoughts and ideas that will add value to what we do.