Minister Sisulu Declares 136 Priority Human Settlements and Housing Development Areas

The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu has declared 136 Priority Human Settlements and Housing Development Areas (PHSHDAs) across the entire country. The intention is to ensure redress regarding the pre-1994 spatial plan, revitalising towns and cities and strengthening the livelihoods of households.

At the centre of these PHSHDAs is to enable residents to live closer to areas with economic activities and social amenities such as schools, health facilities and job opportunities as well as access to adequate accommodation.

The implementation of these PHSHDAs will be in line with the national housing programmes namely, Enhanced People’s Housing Process (Zenzeleni), Informal Settlements Upgrading, Integrated Residential Development Programme and Social Housing Programme.

“We call upon the private sector to partner with us as we continue to restore the dignity of our people through integrated and inclusive human settlements. Over the past few years, we have successfully, as a collective, changed our country’s landscape through the delivery of over 4 million housing and housing opportunities. We have built new towns such as Savanna City, Fleurhof and Cornubia amongst others”, said Sisulu.

“Over the next few years, we will direct our resources towards the successful roll out of these programmes. Working together with all the stakeholders within the sector, we believe this is possible”, added Sisulu.

The PHSHDAs will cover the entire country as follows:
• Gauteng: 26
• KwaZulu Natal: 22
• Western Cape: 19
• Mpumalanga: 16
• North West: 14
• Eastern Cape: 12
• Limpopo: 11
• Free State: 10
• Northern Cape: 6

Minister Sisulu is of the firm belief that thousands of much needed job opportunities will be created as the projects are rolled out.


Enquiries: Please contact McIntosh Polela, Ministry Spokesperson on 079 563 1625 or

Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation
Govan Mbeki House
240 Justice Mahomed Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria

Press Release Date: 
Monday, May 18, 2020