Press Release - 28 October 2014
The Black Conveyancers Association (BCA) has awarded Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu with an Annual BCA “Transformation Award” in recognition of her contribution to society and property industry in particular.
The “Transformation Award” is an award which BCA confers on individuals in their personal and professional capacities in recognition of them championing the cause of transformation in South African society as a whole. It was first conferred in 2010 and has since become an award conferred to such deserving individuals.
In line with the Breaking New Ground policy between 2004 and 2005, the then Department of Housing successfully delivered 1.2 million housing units to people who never had homes before, thus transforming their lives.
“In her absence from this Department since 2009 the delivery of houses has drastically declined and went into a downward spiral”, said BCA President, Ms Zukiswa Ntlangula.
“Minister Sisulu has set a target of 1.5 million housing opportunities by 2019. She has injected new energy and with her commitment and drive we are certain she will achieve this target and given her track record we expect her to exceed this. We will endeavour to support her. She is an icon of the struggle and a champion of transformation” added Ntlangula.
The BCA is one of the signatories to the Social Contract for the Development of Sustainable Development which seeks to mobilize and commit human settlements stakeholders to work with government in its endeavour to provide housing opportunities.
Founded in 2004, BCA represents black owned law firms in South Africa that specialize in Property Law, Conveyancing and Commercial legal work. It has over 200 members firms in all nine Provinces.
Receiving an award Minister Sisulu appealed to BCA members to join hands with government to revive secondary property market and release title deeds.
Delivering her keynote address, Sisulu also noted challenges faced by developers with regards to the transfer of land which according to them sometimes take more than ten years. “Do a case study of what the difficulties are, what causes them and how can we overcome them”, Sisulu challenges BCA.
Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Head of Communications
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Issued by the Ministry of Human Settlements
Date: 28 October 2014