The state-run Housing Development Agency (HDA) could become a one-stop shop for developers and also leverage public-private sector partnerships, as it works towards eliminating the national housing backlog. This emerged on Monday when Human Settlements Deputy Minister Zoliswa Kota-Fredericks described the HDA as an official state developer. "Our intention is to put government in the forefront of land and property development for the delivery of integrated human settlements, [and] critical to this decision is the need for government to work in a seamless and co-operative manner in partnership with the private sector to deliver on the master spatial plan," said Kota-Fredericks. She was speaking at the inaugural developers’ consultative roundtable in Kempton Park. The event was hosted by the Department of Human Settlements and the HDA, and brought together private-sector developers to discuss their roles in the provision of housing. Kota-Fredericks urged private-sector developers to en...

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