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.
2017 kicked off to a very busy start and it promises to keep us running throughout, it would seem. This can only be great for a "Government's Developer" because it means we are breaking and moving ground all over the country.
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.
So, what does this mean for the Agency? It means the HDA will be packaging human settlements projects over and above our existing function of identifying strategic land parcels and making them available for human settlements development.
In May of 2016 the Honourable Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, made an announcement about the national priority projects also known as catalytic projects. The HDA has been undertaking a meticulous process of re-assessing the projects that had been submitted. This process has seen us develop an implementation plan and we are certain that we will see the accelerated delivery in most of the government led projects. An extensive public engagement process will unfold in the coming months as we take the public with us in this journey. As required by law, we tabled our Annual Performance Plan and Strategic Plan last month in Parliament. As stakeholders we invite you to familiarise yourselves with what we will be focusing on in the new financial year.You can find both documents on our website www.thehda.co.za.
We are indeed looking forward to a productive start to the 2017/18 financial year.
Pascal Moloi (CEO)