In 2008 the Kwazulu Natal Department of Human Settlements appointed Habitat SA as a Community Resource Organisation (CRO) in the Ethekwini Municipality to provide social facilitation assistance towards the construction of 275 houses in Umgababa in Kwazulu Natal as a People’s Housing Process subsidized housing scheme. After constructing an initial 107 houses, the project was slightly altered and in 2010, Habitat SA entered into a new agreement with the Kwazulu Natal Department of Human Settlements to deliver 1000 housing units in line with the ePHP (Enhanced People’s Housing Process).
The ePHP is aimed at delivering better human settlement outcomes based on community contribution and the leveraging of additional resources through partnerships, and individual and collective empowerment to ensure community control of the housing process themselves. In agreement with the specifications of the policy, Habitat SA was again appointed as the Implementing Agent of the project on behalf of the Ethekwini municipality to deliver on two key responsibilities:
Community Resource Organisation (CRO)
As a CRO, Habitat SA is responsible for working alongside the community to offer social facilitation services, capacity building initiatives and training workshops to the new homeowners as well as the community at large. Habitat SA’s social facilitation programme should therefore be focused on the implementation of the ePHP through building capacity for local leadership structures and home partners in order for them to adequately engage with the construction of the 1000 new homes which were expected to serve over 5000 vulnerable families in Umgababa.
Habitat SA’s second responsibility as the Implementation Agent is to act as the project developer. This includes managing the overall development process and monitoring and managing the construction of the 1000 houses.
Throughout our involvement with the community, Habitat SA also proposes to document the ePHP implementation processes in Umgababa in order to illustrate the extent to which ePHP practices are aligned to the policy framework. The lessons learnt from these our activities on the ground will also used to formulate relevant advocacy campaigns to activate other stakeholders to also take action in ensuring that the ePHP policy intent is achieved in all provinces.