Welcome to our quarterly newsletter of 2017 - updating and informing you, our stakeholders, about our activities and projects. The Housing Development Agency (HDA) is a national public sector development agency that acquires and prepares land as well as develop the land and project manage the development of housing and human settlements. We carry out our activities in partnership with a range of stakeholders including national, provincial and local government and municipalities, as well as with communities, developers, financiers and other affected parties. Established in 2009, the Agency is established by an Act of Parliament in 2008 and is accountable through its board to the Minister of Human Settlements. For more information about the HDA, please visit our website: www.thehda.co.za.
The HDA has been abuzz with much activity as we closed 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, we had concluded the "administrative" process around the implementation plan.
On the 21st of November 2016 we hosted our first Annual Developers' Roundtable where our revised mandate as an agency was made public. 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.
The 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 an implementer of the entire project.
During her stakeholder session, post the recent Budget Vote, the Honourable Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, expressed her expectations of what these projects should achieve. We remain committed to meeting these outocmes and we have put our shoulder to the wheel. 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, we launched a Strategic Initiatives Unit. This unit, staffed by private sector industry specialists, is tasked with identifying potential and strategic partnerships across the entire value chain of integrated human settlements developments. Besides 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. The 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 contractors 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.