• January 13 2021

    Update on maintenance work at Metro Link

    Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Development Planning, Cllr Thapelo Amad, recently conducted an oversight visit of the Metro Link building, following its temporary closure in November 2020, as recommended by the Department of Employment and Labour. A service level agreement between Development Planning and the Johannesburg Property Company has since been finalised and […]

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  • December 11 2020

    Development Planning responds to accelerated service delivery

    A City of Johannesburg Press Statement by the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Development Planning, Cllr Thapelo AmadDevelopment 11 December 2020 The Department of Development Planning has considered feedback from the development and construction industry and found alternative office space to operate from, for the duration of maintenance work required at the Metro Link […]

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  • December 10 2020

    Questioning developers’ levy liability in new township HOA development

    There are fairly regular incidences of judgments where developers question their liability for owner levies in respect of erven in townships opened on large parcels of land they own.  Here, we look at a the outcome of a recent judgment dealing with the above question, to assist developers and their legal teams to better anticipate […]

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  • December 10 2020

    Michael Hartman: Insights, highlights and advice on SA’s property development market

    SA Affordable Housing put some questions to Michael, who is not only a property developer, but also chairman of the SA Affordable Residential Developer’s Association. Can you provide some insight into your early career and work life? I studied Law and became an attorney. After exposure to all the disciplines in Law I found that […]

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  • December 4 2020

    Temporary closure of Metro Link

    The information below is in response to the various issues that have been raised by members of the industry and public, following the closure of the Metrolink last week and the electronic / email submission of building plans. The Department understands the inconvenience that has been caused by the temporary closure of Metrolink. We urge […]

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  • November 9 2020

    SAARDA AGM and golf day on 25 November 2020 at Randpark Golf Club

    The AGM of SAARDA will take place on 25 November 2020 at Randpark Golf Club before the golf day commences with registration from 09h30 and first tee-off from 11h00. DATE:                          Wednesday 25 November 2020 TIME:                           Registration from 09h30,  Tee-off from 11h00 PLACE:                        Randpark Golf Club – Firethorn Course ENTRY FEE […]

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  • October 29 2020

    Council approves two key draft policies for public participation

    Member of the Mayoral Committee for Development Planning, Cllr Lawrence Khoza, has welcomed the approval of two key draft policies that are set to improve and transform development in the City of Johannesburg.Yesterday, 27 October 2020, members of Council approved the draft Green Building Policy: New Buildings, along with the draft Development Contributions Policy. The […]

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  • August 13 2020

    Deeds office backlogs are causing huge pain – as govt announces new interventions

    The closure of deeds offices due to the Covid-19 outbreaks has contributed to large backlogs. This has hit buyers and sellers, but also estate agents – many who have not earned an income for many months. On Thursday, government announced new interventions to keep deeds offices functional. As deeds offices struggle with backlogs after a […]

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  • July 21 2020

    Address by L N Sisulu, MP, Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on the occasion of the Debate on the Human Settlements Budget Vote (33) in the National Assembly

    Chairperson, Honourable Members, Acting Director-General, Heads of Provincial Departments and officials Members of Boards and Councils of Human Settlements Entities Ladies and Gentlemen. Twelve months ago I was here before you. We had a great many plans. We were going to upscale the delivery of houses, declare 94 priority development spaces for human settlements development. […]

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  • August 19 2020

    Why a blanket approach to redressing spatial inequity is flawed

    South Africa faces many problems: steady population growth, increasing unemployment, lack of adequate housing for the homeless, limited access to land by the poor and fragmented urban structures among them. Places of residence are far from places of opportunity for the poor. Many of these problems can be traced back to apartheid spatial planning.  Merely […]

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  • May 13 2020

    Results received from the COVID-19 Construction SAARDA survey

    Dear SAARDA members, friends and colleagues, We received an overwhelming response to our brief survey and relayed the very clear message to the office of the President, Minister of Human Settlements and Minister of Economy and Labour.  We worked through the statistics of the first 210 as quick as possible and hereby give a short summary:   […]

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