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Gulfnews: Musharraf welcomes 'win win' relationship with Austria

Gulfnews: Musharraf welcomes 'win win' relationship with Austria: "Musharraf welcomes 'win win' relationship with Austria
By Amir Mir, Correspondent

Lahore: President General Pervez Musharraf yesterday called for developing knowledge-based economy through promotion of quality science and technology education in the country.
'Only natural resources are not enough to make progress; we have to develop our human resource base to make the country economically stronger'.
President Musharraf was speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the University of Engineering, Science and Technology (UEST) being set up some 25 kilometres from Lahore with the assistance of the University of Technology in Graz, Austria.
Some 100 acres of land worth Rs6 billion has been provided by the Pakistan Army's Lahore Corps at Defence Housing Authority free of cost. Musharraf said that the University would provide a win-win situation for both Pakistan and Austria. He said Pakistani yo…

Gulfnews: Musharraf welcomes 'win win' relationship with Austria

Gulfnews: Musharraf welcomes 'win win' relationship with Austria: "Musharraf welcomes 'win win' relationship with Austria
By Amir Mir, Correspondent

Lahore: President General Pervez Musharraf yesterday called for developing knowledge-based economy through promotion of quality science and technology education in the country.
'Only natural resources are not enough to make progress; we have to develop our human resource base to make the country economically stronger'.
President Musharraf was speaking at the ground breaking ceremony of the University of Engineering, Science and Technology (UEST) being set up some 25 kilometres from Lahore with the assistance of the University of Technology in Graz, Austria.
Some 100 acres of land worth Rs6 billion has been provided by the Pakistan Army's Lahore Corps at Defence Housing Authority free of cost. Musharraf said that the University would provide a win-win situation for both Pakistan and Austria. He said Pakistani yo…

BBC NEWS | Africa | Is there a roof over your head?

BBC NEWS Africa Is there a roof over your head?: "Last Updated: Friday, 3 March 2006, 12:53 GMT

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Is there a roof over your head?

Are you struggling to find a place to live?
In the next 30 years the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Habitat, estimates that two billion people or 31.6% of the global urban population will be living in slums unless substantial changes are made.
They describe a slum household as 'a group of individuals living under the same roof that lack one or more of the following conditions: access to safe water, access to sanitation, secure tenure, durability of housing, and sufficient living area'.
Do you live, or have you ever lived, in such conditions? What stops people from living elsewhere? Are rents too high? Are landlords making unreasonable demands? Why aren't people buying their own places? "

allAfrica.com: Namibia: Housing Crisis - What Are the Solutions?

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New Era (Windhoek)
November 17, 2006
Posted to the web November 17, 2006
Surihe Gaomas
Windhoek
With over 65 percent of Namibians not having affordable and decent housing, the country faces an uphill battle to close the huge housing backlog.
High levels of poverty and unemployment, limited capital investment, spiralling building costs and little financial support for low-income groups are some of the major challenges facing the sector.

Estimations are that Namibia will need 300 000 low-cost housing units in rural and urban areas up to the year 2030.
The fear is that the pace of housing delivery is too slow to meet the huge public demand. Like Namibia, other Southern African countries are in a similar dilemma.
Against this background, hundreds of housing experts from Namibia, SADC and further abroad are currently putting their heads together in t…

Sunday Independent: 'Housing on steroids' boon for SA

Sunday Independent: 'Housing on steroids' boon for SA: "'Housing on steroids' boon for SA
Historic pact will see an explosion of construction to wipe out housing backlogs and slums, says minister

September 25, 2005 Edition 1 (Todays date 28 November 2006)
Christelle Terreblanche
An explosion of building activity will hit South Africa in the next few months in an effort to wipe out slums, but it is also tipped to give economic growth and job creation a hefty boost.
This was the promise of Lindiwe Sisulu, the housing minister, after she signed a historic social contract with all role players in the housing and construction industry aimed at jointly eradicating the country's 2,4 million-unit housing backlog.
In an interview Sisulu was upbeat despite a last-minute retreat by the property development sector on a deal to provide 20 percent-lower-cost housing for exclusive high-end developments - accompanied by suggestions that an even higher percentage could be negotiated…

Alexandra housing project struggles on poor planning - www.eprop.co.za

Alexandra housing project struggles on poor planning - www.eprop.co.za: "Chantelle Benjamin
Johannesburg Metro Editor
THE R1,3bn Alexandra Renewal Project will not meet its 2007 housing deadline, a fact project officials have been aware of for some time despite rosy reports to the contrary.
Only 600 housing units have been provided in the first four years of the project, instead of the required 21000. Many of the houses are too expensive for Alexandra residents, requiring new plans for the introduction of cheaper accommodation.
A report presented last week to the Johannesburg City Council by the project’s new director, Julian Baskin, outlines poor planning and management by previous project directors.
In the report, he asked the city to raise R400m over the remainder of the project — the next 27 months — to include cheaper houses and one-room units for rent.
The housing programme is financed largely by the Gauteng housing department through its subsidies and grants, but the city is req…

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CAROL PATON: Yes. The problems at local government level are immense - there are desperate skills shortages amongst the councils, there are financial problems - in some areas there really are failing services. Where once you had services that worked you are finding that more and more services are failing - the biggest problem really that I found, the new problem, the thing that shocked me most - was that one of the things that is exacerbating the situation is the level of corruption amongst local government politicians who are driving out competent officials. Officials who want them to abide by the law - they don’t want to listen to them, they are driving them out and then they are taking those councils and doing what they want with them. The consequences for service delivery are disastrous. In the Secunda area at eMbalenhle in the Govan Mbeki Municipality I went to sewerage station after sewerage station where there is raw sewerage flowing straight fr…

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Business Day - News Worth Knowing: "Aid of R37bn fails to meet housing needs
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GOVERNMENT is losing the battle to provide houses despite having paid out more than R37bn on subsidies for low-cost housing since 1994.
The promise of housing for all South Africans has been a key plank of the African National Congress platform for the past 12 years. But the migration of people to cities, an influx of refugees to SA and policy mismanagement have seen SA moving backwards in this quest.
Big construction firms have pulled out of the lower end of the housing market in search of more lucrative projects.
And banks have warned that a shortage of land and housing stock could stymie their ability to meet commitments under the financial sector charter.
Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu referred in her recent budget speech in Parlaiment to the magnitude of the challenge presented by the housing backlog, and sai…

Affordable Housing Crisis: The "Silent Killer"

Govt pushes for low-cost housing - The Press: local, national & world news from Christchurch's daily newspaper

Govt pushes for low-cost housing - The Press: local, national & world news from Christchurch's daily newspaper: "Govt pushes for low-cost housing
31 October 2006
JOHN HENZELL

Reviving the Kiwi dream of home ownership may mean developers are forced to include affordable housing in their projects or pay for them to be built elsewhere.

Housing Minister Chris Carter yesterday outlined options designed to reverse New Zealand's trend from having one of the highest home- ownership rates in the world to where one-third of the population – more than in Australia, Britain or the United States – have to rent.
The options include increasing the stock of affordable housing by Government building programmes, joint construction ventures with community, church or iwi groups, and giving city and district councils the power to force or reward developers to include low-cost housing.
For Rebecca and Phil Washbourn, Christchurch house hunters who in July became the public face of the issue when…

Growth Management, Smart Growth, And Affordable Housing

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY L N SISULU MINISTER OF HOUSING AT THE FIRST ANNUAL GOVAN MBEKI HOUSING AWARDS

27 October 2006
Centre Court, Emperor’s Place
Johannesburg
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Ministers
Deputy Ministers
Members of the Provincial Executive Councils
Chairperson and Members of the of the Portfolio Committee on Housing
Chairperson and Members of the Select Committee on Social Services
Chairperson and Council of the NHBRC
Chief Executive Officers of Housing Institutions
Finalists of the Award Categories
Honored guests
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Here is the real reason why we are here today. The respected philosopher Bertrand Russell ascertained for all to look out for this danger point:
"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important".
I believe my work is terribly important. And I know each one here too thinks our work is terribly important. So I considered we might as well all come here and have a communal nervous breakdown
It is with great pride that today we celebrate the first Govan Mbeki awards. In our calenda…

Warning on rogue builders

By Brian Hayward
ROGUE builders cashing in on the building boom in the Eastern and Southern Cape have led to a massive increase in consumer unhappiness, with tens of thousands of complaints – mostly about shoddy workmanship – received by municipalities and industry watchdogs in the past year.
And, they say, part of the problem is a dire lack of experience, with most builders having less than five years’ experience in the field – many attracted by the huge demand for building in the region.
The fact that many homeowners are looking for the cheapest quote is also resulting in poor workmanship, they claim.
Colin Pollock, regional manager of the National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC), said the buoyant industry was the reason for the increase in problems experienced by home owners, with a rise of more than 30% in complaints to the organisation this year.
“Seventy per cent of the builders in Nelson Mandela Bay have been in the industry for under five years,” he said.
All builders ar…

moladi - Address the BACKLOG in Affordable housing and create job's

moladi, a South African Company and International supplier for the past 16 years, the pioneer of a one-step casting process for the erection of homes,"...Simply cast a whole house in a day, employing unskilled labour, reducing time, waste and cost, eliminating chasing for plumbing and electrical pipe work, plastering and beam filling, resulting in a wall stronger than brick. A cost effective, holistic design and build technology that far outweighs poorly designed costly concrete-block and masonry structures..." Show unit built in Pretoria for the NHBRCABSA Bank National Housing Competition

In order to be a contender when it comes to delivering 50 or 1,000,000 units, it should be viewed as a “Production Line”, similar to that of the automotive industry. By applying a disciplined approach, logistics, management and a reliable technology such as moladi, a project can be completed on time, in budget without forfeiting quality. We are geared to help and coach TEAMmoladi partne…

moladi

moladi, a South African Company and International supplier for the past 16 years, moladi the pioneer of a one-step casting process for the erection of homes,"...Simply cast a whole house in a day, employing unskilled labour, reducing time, waste and cost, eliminating chasing for plumbing and electrical pipe work, plastering and beam filling, resulting in a wall stronger than brick. A cost effective, holistic design and build technology that far outweighs poorly designed costly concrete-block and masonry structures..." Show unit built in Pretoria for the NHBRCABSA Bank National Housing Competition

In order to be a contender when it comes to delivering 50 or 1,000,000 units, it should be viewed as a “Production Line”, similar to that of the automotive industry. By applying a disciplined approach, logistics, management and a reliable technology such as moladi, a project can be completed on time, in budget without forfeiting quality. We are geared to help and coach TEAMmoladi…

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New designs for low cost housing - SouthAfrica.info

Banks boost for low-cost housing - SouthAfrica.info

Letter raises fresh doubts over Gateway Project funds - 1 December 2005

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