Human Settlement

The unit is responsible for providing houses in mixed developments which is Breaking New Grounds. It also, transfers properties owned by the Municipality that is Exchange Extended Benefit Scheme. Facilitation of the formalisation and upgrading of informal settlements. Further responsible for the housing Subsidy Scheme/ beneficiary administration/compilation of the National Housing Needs Register (NHNR). Provision and Management of rental accommodation for low income earners in Emalahleni (CRU’s).

Emalahleni Municipality is both an urban and rural area which consist of:

  • large farms,
  • dispersed urban settlements,
  • coal mines and
  • power stations.


Housing backlog
Informal Settlement
28 370
Backyard dwelings and multiple family accomodation
20 196
2 676
51 242
Plans of informal settlement backlog per category
Total number of Households
28 370
No. of informal Settlements to be Formalized
No. of Informal settlements to be Relocated
No. of Informal Settlements on Farms
No. of Informal Settlements with Water & Sanitation
No. of Informal Settlements with no Water / Sanitation

According to informal settlement survey conducted, municipality has 71 Informal settlements with 28 370 households. Of the 71 informal settlements recorded in 2016 through the NUSP Project, formalisation of 9 informal settlements has been completed, 17 are in the process of formalisation, 4 have no upgrading plans yet, and the rest, 41 in total, need to be relocated. The municipality has adopted an Informal Settlement Upgrading Policy; the policy guides the process of upgrading informal settlements. Planning for upgrading informal settlements is done jointly with the Department of Human Settlements.


  • Continue with implementation of the Integrated residential Development Programme (IRDP) (Klarinet, Siyanqoba, & Duvha Park Ext. 1).
  • Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme – RDP houses (Empumelelweni)
  • Upgrading of Informal Settlements Program – Implementation of the 14 Plans developed.
  • Relocation of informal settlements in line with resettlement plans developed with
  • assistance of HDA
  • Continuous profiling/enumeration of informal settlements
  • Establishment of Squatter Control/ Anti invasion unit with the necessary resources/implementation of the Informal Settlements bylaw
  • Formalize existing backyard in-situ in order to cater for the high demand for backyard rental facilities so as to enhance the long term sustainability of backyard dwellings.
  • Provision for multiple family accommodation through new subsidized housing projects or institutionalized housing.
  • The conversion of hostels into family units / Community Residential Units (Kwa Guqa/Phola hostels)
  • The incorporation of families evicted from farms into formal residential areas.
  • To promote medium to high density in-fill development (“Gap Market”).
  • Promotion of Social Housing within the context of urban renewal programme in the CBD.
  • Identification and land development for integrated residential development programme.
  • Establishment of a reception area in support of the Informal Settlement Upgrade Programme.

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