Housing Amendment Act

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Housing Amendment Act [No. 4 of 2001]


Government Gazette

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
Vol. 432 Cape Town 15 June 2001 No. 22388
THE PRESIDENCY
No. 549 15 June 2001
It is hereby notified that the Acting President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–
No. 4 of 2001: Housing Amendment Act, 2001


.4ct N ~ . 4. zoo1 HOL‘SING AMESDhlENTACT. 2001
GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
[ ] Words in bold type in square b ackets indicate omissions from existing enactments. Words underlined with a solid line indicate insertions in existing enactments.
(English text signed OJ the President.) (Assented to 13 June 2001.)
ACT To amend the Housing Act, 1997, so as to provide for the abolition of the South African Housing Development Board and Provincial Housing Development Boards; to establish advisory panels; to provide for the determination of procurement policy in respect of housing development; to provide for the publication in the Gazette of lists of national housing programmes and national institutions; to make the National Housing Code binding on all spheres of Government; to provide for the regulation of the sale of state-funded housing; to substitute an expression; to amend the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, 1998, so as to substitute certain expressions; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
B E IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:- Amendment of section 1 of Act 107 of 1997
1. Section 1 of the Housing Act, 1997 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), is hereby amended- 5
(a ) by the insertion before the definition of “Constitution” of the following
“ ‘Code’ means the National Housing Code contemplated in section 4;”; (b) by the insertion after the definition of “national housing programme” of the
following definition: 10 “ ‘procurement’ means the process by which organs of state procure Foods. services and works from. dispose of movable property, hire or let anything, or grant rights to the private sector;”;
(c) by the deletion of the definition of “provincial housing development board”.
Amendment of section 3 of Act 107 of 1997, as amended by section 1 of Act 28 of 15 1999
definition:
2. Section 3 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the insertion in subsection (2) after paragraph (c) of the following
paragraph: “(cA) determine a procurement policy. by not later than April 2002, 20
which is consistent with section 217 of the Constitution in relation to housing development;”;
( h ) by the insertion after subsection (6A) of the following subsection: “(6B) The Minister must. by notice i n the Gocrrre. from time to time
publish updated lists of- (a) national housing programmes instituted or deemed to have been
( 0 ) national institutions established.and financed or deemed to have
and must indicate in the notice that details of those national housing programmes and of the role and functions of those national institutions are contained in the Code.”; 10
instituted under subsection (4)(g):
been established and financed under subsection (4)(h),
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( r ) by the insertion after subsection (8) of the following subsection: - “(9) The Minister may. when a provincial government through the
MEC cannot or does not fulfil an obligation in terms of this Act. intervene by taking any appropriate steps in accordance with section 100 of the Constitution to ensure fulfilment of that obligation.”. 15
Amendment of section 4 of Act 107 of 1997
3. Section 4 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection;
“(1) The Minister must publish a code called the National Housing Code [(in this section referred to as the “Code”)].”. 20
“(6) The Code shall be binding on the provincial and local spheres of (b) by the insertion after subsection ( 5 ) of the following subsection:
Government.”.
Substitution of section 5 of Act 107 of 1997, as amended by section 2 of Act 28 of 1999 25
4. The following section is hereby substituted for section 5 of the principal Act:
“Establishment of panel
5. (1) The Minister must establish a panel of persons to advise the Minister on any matter relating to housing development.
(2) A panel shall consist of not more than six fit and proper persons who have knowledge, qualifications or experience in the field of housing development.
(3) Members of a panel shall be appointed in accordance with procurement policy that is consistent with section 217 of the Constitution, and must be appointed only after the Minister has through the media and by notice in the Gazerre invited nominations of persons as candidates for the respective positions on the panel.
(4) A member of a panel is appointed for the period determined by the Minister at his or her appointment, and may, subject to subsection (3), be reappointed on the termination of that period.
( 5 ) The Minister may at any time terminate the membership of a member of a panel for reasons which are just and fair.
(6) A member of a panel other than a person who is in the full-time employment of the State, is paid an allowance determined by the Minister with the approval of the Minister of Finance.
(7) A member of the panel ceases to be a member if- (a) he or she resigns; (0) his or her estate is sequestrated or he-or she applies for assistance
contemplated in section I O ( l)(c) of the Agricultural Credit Act, 1966:
(c) he or she becomes of unsound mind; (dl he or she is convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprison-
ment without the option of a fine; and ( e ) he or she becomes amember of Parliament, aprovincial
legislature, a municipal council, the cabinet or the Executive Council of a Province.”.
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Amendment of section 7 of Act 107 of 1997
5. Section 7 of the principal Act is hel-eby amended- (a) by the substitution for subsection ( 1 ) of the following subsection:
“( 1) Every provincial government. through its MEC, must, after consultation with the provincial organisations representing municipali- ties as contemplated in section 163(aj of the Constitution, do everything in its power to promote and facilitate the provision of adequate housing in its province within the framework of national housing policy.”:
(0 ) by the substitution in subsection (2) for the words preceding paragraph (a ) of
“(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) every provincial government the following words:
must through its MEC-”:
“ ( 3 ) An MEC must- ( c ) by the insertion after subsection (2) of the following subsections:
(a) administer every national housing programme and every provincial housing programme which is consistent with national housing policy and section 3(2)(bj, and for this purpose may, in accordance \vith that programme and the prescripts contained in the Code, approve-
(i) any projects in respect thereof; and (ii) the financing thereof out of money paid into the provincial
(6) determine provincial housing development priorities in accordance
(c) apply procurement policy in respect of housing development
(d) administer the assets contemplated in section 14. (4) (a) The MEC must establish a panel of not more than six persons
to advise the MEC on any matter relating to housing development. (b) A panel shall consist of one or more fit and proper persons who
have knowledge, qualifications or experience in the field of housing development.
(c) Members of the panel shall be appointed in accordance with a procurement policy that is consistent with section 217 of the Constitu- tion, and must be appointed only after the MEC has through the media and by notice in the relevant Provincial Gazette invited nominations of persons as candidates for the respective positions on the panel.
(d) A member of a panel is appointed for the period determined by the MEC at his or her appointment and may subject to paragraph (c) be reappointed on the termination of that period.
( e ) The MEC may at any time terminate the membership of a member of the panel for reasons which are just and fair.
c f ) A member of the panel. other than a person who is in the full-time employment of the State, is paid an allowance determined by the MEC with the approval of the member of the Executive Council responsible for finance in the relevant province.
housing development fund as contemplated in section 12(2);
with national housing policy;
determined by the Minister in terms of section 3(2)(c); and
(g) A member of the panel ceases to be a member if- (i) he or she resigns;
(ii) his or her estate is sequestrated or he or she applies for assistance contemplated in section 10( I)(c) of the Agricultural Credit Act, 1966;
(iii) he or she becomes of unsound mir?d; ( iv) he or she is convicted of an offence and sentenced to
imprisonment without the option of a fine; and (v) he or she becomes a member of Parliament, a provincial
legislature, a municipal council. the cabinet or the Executive Council of a Province.
( 5 ) The MEC may, subject to any conditions he or she may deem appropriate in any instance- (a) delegate any power conferred on him or her by this Act; or (6) assign any duty imposed upon him or her by this Act.
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to an officer or employee of the department responsible for the administration of housing matters in a province, either in his or her personal capacity or by virtue of the rank he or she holds or the post he or she occupies: Provided that the delegation or assignment does not prevent the person who made the delegation or assignment from exercising that pou’er or performing that duty himself or herself.”.
Repeal of section 8 of Act 107 of 1997
6 . Section 8 of the principal Act is hereby repealed
Insertion of sections 10A and 10B in Act 107 of 1997
7. The following sections are hereby inserted after section 10 of the principal Act:
“Restriction on voluntary sale of state-subsidised housing
10A. (1) Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in any other law, it shall be a condition of every housing subsidy, as defined in the Code, granted to a natural person in terms of any national housing programme for the construction or purchase of a dwelling or serviced site, that such person shall not sell or otherwise alienate his or her dwelling or site within a period of eight years from the date on which the property was acquired by that person unless the dwelling or site has first been offered to the relevant provincial housing department.
( 2 ) Theprovincial housing department to which the dwelling or site has been offered as contemplated in subsection (1) shall endorse in its records that the person wishes to vacate his or her property and relocate to another property and is entitled to remain on a waiting list of beneficiaries requiring subsidised housing.
(3) When the person vacates his or her property the relevant provincial housing department shall be deemed to be the owner of the property and application must then be made to the Registrar of Deeds by the provincial housing department for the title deeds of the property to be endorsed to reflect the department’s ownership of that property.
(4) No purchase price or other remuneration shall be paid to the person vacating the property but such person will be eligible for obtaining another state-subsidised house. should he or she qualify therefor.
Restriction on involuntary sale of state-subsidised housing
10B. (1) Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in any other law, it shall be a condition of every housing subsidy, as defined in the Code. granted to a natural person in terms of any national housing programme for the construction or purchase of a dwelling or serviced site, that such person’s successors in title or creditors in law, other than creditors in respect of credit-linked subsidies, shall not sell or otherwise alienate his or her dwelling or site unless the dwelling or site has first been offered to the relevant provincial housing department at a price not greater than the subsidy which the person received for the property.
(2) Any such offer to the provincial housing department shall be made in writing and shall be accepted or rejected by the MEC within a period of 60 days from receipt thereof.
(3) If such offer is accepted, the purchase price shall be determined. subject to the provisions of subsection ( I ) , by agreement between the MEC and the person or creditor concerned or, in the event of no agreement being reached, by a valuer acceptable to both parties and registered in terms of the Valuers‘ Act, 1982 (Act No. 23 of 1982).
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(4) The purchase price as determined in terms of subsection (3) shall be financed by the MEC out of the provincial housing development fund.
(5) An MEC may grant exemption from the provisions of subsection ( 1 ). either conditionally or unconditionally, in respect of any dwelling or site to which the provisions of that subsection apply.
(a) make such endorsements on the title deeds of any dwelling or site and such entries in his or her registers as may be necessary to indicate that the provisions of subsection ( I ) apply i n respect of such dwelling or site:
(0) cancel any such endorsements or entries where an exemption has been granted unconditionally under subsection ( 5 ) or where satisfactory proof has been submitted that conditions imposed under subsection ( 5 ) have been complied with; or
(c) make such endorsements or entries as may be necessary to indicate any conditions subject to which an exemption has been granted under subsection ( 5 ) .
(7) No transfer of any dwelling or site in respect of which subsection ( 1 ) applies, shall be passed to a person other than the provincial government unless the Registrar of Deeds is provided with a certificate, signed by the head of department, to the effect that such dwelling or site has been offered for sale to the provincial department of housing in terms of subsection (1 ) and that- (a) the offer has been rejected; or (13) an exemption has been granted under subsection (5 ) , either uncondi-
(8) The Minister may, by notice in the Gazerre, make rules on the granting of exemption in terms of subsection ( 5 ) as well as the amount that must be paid by the person or creditor concerned for the granting of such exemption.”.
(6) The Registrar of Deeds concerned shall-
tionally or subject to the conditions set out in the certificate.
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Amendment of section 14 of Act 107 of 1997, as amended by section 3 of Act 28 of 1999 and section 1 of Act 60 of 1999 .
8. Section 14 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the substitution for the expressions “provincial housing development
board” and “board”, wherever they occur, of the expression “Provincial 35 Government”;
following subparagraph: (b) by the substitution in subsection (4)(d) for subparagraph (iv) (aa) of the
“(iv)(aa) in the case of subparagraphs (i) and (iii) (aa), the MEC [after consultation with the provincial housing development 40 board in question];”;
( e ) by the substitution in subsection (7)(b) for subparagraph (ii) of the following
“(ii) in the case of the municipality, the MEC [after consultation with subparagraph:
the provincial housing development board in question].“. 45
Amendment of section 15 of Act 107 of 1997, as amended by section 4 of Act 28 of 1999
9. Section 15 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the substitution for the xpression “provincial housing development
(b) by the substitution in subsection (4) for paragraph (c) of the following
“(c ) The net proceeds of any letting, sale or other alienation in terms of paragraph (a ) must be utilised by the municipality for housing development in accordance with national housing policy and a housing 55 development project approved by the MEC [after consultation with the provincial housing development board in question].”.
board”, wherever it occurs, of the expression “Provincial Government”: 50
paragraph:
Amendment of section 16 of Act 107 of 1997
10. Section 16 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for
“(2) The money so transferred must be utilised by a municipality for housing development in accordance with the national housing policy and a housing 5 development project approved by the MEC [after consultation with the provincial housing development board in question].”.
subsection ( 2 ) of the following subsection:
Amendment of section 17 of Act 107 of 1997
11. Section 17 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for the expression “provincial housing development board”, wherever it occurs, of the 10 expression “Provincial Government”.
Savings
12. (1) Anything done under or in terms of the principal Act by a provincial housing development board established under the repealed section 8 of the principal Act is deemed to have been done by the relevant MEC. 15
( 2 ) As from the date of commencement of this Act, the powers, duties, rights and obligations of the provincial housing development boards, in respect of any national housing programme, vest in the relevant MEC.
(3) Any reference to a provincial housing development board in any document in which the national housing programme is mentioned, must be construed as a reference 20 to the MEC in question.
Amendment of Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, 1998
13. The Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act, 1998 (Act No. 95 of 1998). is hereby amended by the substitution for the expressions “provincial housing develop- ment board” and “board”, wherever they occur, of the expression “MEC”. 25
Short title and commencement
14. This Act is called the Housing Amendment Act, 2001, and comes into operation on a date to be fixed by the President by proclamation in the Gazerre.
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