How many houses did the South African government provide in the last complete five-year term?
From 1994 to the end of February 2022, the human settlements sector provided over 3.4 million housing units made up of stand-alone houses and units in multiple storey or multi-unit buildings. According to the human settlements department’s 2019/20 annual report, it provided 76,571 serviced sites and 108,212 housing units between 2018/19 and 2019/20.
Data for delivery as of 31 January 2023 is not available publicly, but the human settlements department’s latest annual report shows delivery information for one month earlier. As of 31 December 2022, the government had completed 17,647 serviced sites, or 58% of the total target for 2022/23. Progress against the number of houses/units completed was slightly worse: 25, 115 houses/units were completed at the end of 2022. This is 47% of the annual target.
A serviced site is a piece of land that is connected to water, sanitation and electricity. Recipients have to build their own houses.