About Us


The Executing Authority for the Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements is MEC SH. Ntombela The department consists of two departments namely, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and the Department of Human Settlements. The head of the Department of Human Settlements is Mr. N. Mokhesi.

The Constitutional mandate of this department is outlined in the Constitution of South Africa. The

responsibility being anchored in the Bill of Rights Chapter 2 of the Constitution which states that everyone has, among others, The rights to adequate housing (Housing: 26, Chapter 2: Bill of Rights).


This outcome focuses on four (4) outputs:

Output 1: Upgrade 400 000 units of accommodation within informal settlements

Output 2: Improve Access to basic services

Output 3: Facilitate the provision of 600 000 accommodation units within the gap market for people earning between R3 500 and R12 800

Output 4: Mobilisation of well-located public land for low income and affordable housing with increased densities on this land and in general


Integrated and sustainable human settlements


The Department of Human Settlements will contribute to the building of cohesive, sustainable human settlements in the Free State


  • Professionalism, integrity and leadership
  • Value for money and accountability
  • Partnership
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Restoration of dignity and resilience
  • Environment-friendly

Main services

  • To manage and administer housing subsidies;
  • To facilitate the eradication of the informal settlements;
  • To manage the technical aspects of all housing programmes regarding the quality,
  • quantity, norms and specifications;
  • To promote, manage and regulate the Social Housing, Medium Density and Hostel
  • Redevelopment Programme in the Province;
  • To promote, manage and regulate the rental housing market;
  • To manage, implement and monitor the Housing Capacity Building Programme and establish sustainable partnerships;
  • To manage, implement and regulate legal advisory services to the Member of the Executive Council (MEC), Head of Department and the Department in general on housing related civil legal suits;
  • To manage and administer housing contracts fairly, equitably and transparently while promoting housing delivery;
  • To manage and monitor the inclusion of the EPWP principles in selected housing contracts;
  • To formulate housing policies and the monitoring of the impact of their implementation;
  • To manage and administer the housing assets (rental stock) of the Department;
  • To ensure safe, salubrious, economic and environmentally friendly development;
  • To submit all applications for land development and land use changes to the Townships Board for consideration and in turn submit the recommendations of the Townships Board to the MEC;
  • To ensure the upgrading of land tenure rights in the Free State, conduct investigations and lodge deeds of transfer in terms of the Conversion of Certain Rights into Leasehold or Ownership Act, 1988 (Act 81/1988) and
  • To facilitate the opening of township registers as well as assisting municipalities and to access available state land for developmental purposes.