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Thembelihle Village


Social Housing is a rental or co-operative housing option which requires institutionalised management which is provided by accredited SHIs or in accredited social housing projects in designated restructuring zones.


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Social housing provides good quality rental accommodation for the upper end of the low income market (R1500 - R15 000). With the primary objective of urban restructuring, creating substainable human settlements.





Housing is not just about building houses...it is also about transforming our residential areas and building communities.


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Legislative Mandate

The Social Housing Regulatory Authority (the"SHRA") was established in August 2010 by the Minister of Human Settlements in terms of the Social Housing Act, No. 16 of 2008. The SHRA is classified as a public entity in terms of Schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act.


The Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) was established by the National Department of Human Settlements (NDoHS) as prescribed by the Social Housing Act (No. 16 of 2008).  The SHRA is classified as a national public entity in terms of Schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act (No. 1 of 1999 as amended).

The SHRA’s mandate is to capacitate, invest in and regulate the social housing sector.  The primary intention of the Social Housing Act is to deliver affordable rental housing for low to moderate income groups and to achieve spatial, economic and social integration of the urban environments in South Africa. 


The SHRA’s vision is to see affordable rental homes in integrated urban environments through sustainable institutions. To achieve this: 

  1. a) The SHRA will be a world-class organisation resourced by highly skilled, values- driven leaders in the industry. 
  2. b) The SHRA will fund and facilitate funding for affordable, well designed, environmentally sustainable (energy efficient green) social housing estates. 
  3. c) The SHRA will ensure investment in communities that form new or regenerated cities, which in turn enhance social mobility and access to basic tenant needs for healthcare, education, transport and communication.
  4. d) The SHRA will be a thought leader, stimulator and regulator of appropriate policies and research to support programme development for an African model of managed rental and social housing; and will create a self-sufficient social and rental housing environment.  

In summary this can be defined in the following vision statement:

“A thought-leader, stimulator and regulator of world-class self-sufficient social housing solutions.”


“Facilitate delivery of quality, sustainable social housing at scale to advance the needs of low and middle income groups in support of spatial, economic and social restructuring.”


The values of the entity are as follows:



Figure 1: SHRA’s Values