The Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF) will be hosting a four-day conference and exhibition titled Developing Communities from 12-15 October 2008 in Cape Town.
The conference, which also features speakers in the field, will expose delegates to the latest housing information. The programme will include speakers who are experts in their field.
In light of the SAHF and CIH United Kingdom agreement on promoting the dissemination of information and supporting educational initiatives to highlight community development issues, an interesting programme will be presented.
An interesting debate over new approaches to housing delivery has been going on within civil society circles. Much of this seems to revolve around the need for government to adopt a land-first approach in order to increase the pace of housing delivery across the country.
The need for such a land-first approach is deemed more urgent now than ever before as landmark dates such as 2014, by which time government commits itself to “a nation free of slums”, approach.
While more South Africans than ever before have access to basic services like water and sanitation, most people perceive local government to be in crisis, with many municipalities incapable of managing finances, delivering basic services and complying with legislation.
Even so, over the last 10 years, local government legislation has become entrenched with ordinary people participating directly in their own governance. The success of two local government elections has also marked the consolidation of formal political democracy at local level.
There is a political and an energy crisis in South Africa. From the point of view of many ordinary people, Eskom and the government have failed the people. The power failures that are taking place are adding to the crisis of political credibility that the post-apartheid democratic government is experiencing.
According to Eskom, load shedding is when there is not enough electricity available to meet the demand from all Eskom customers. Eskom implements load shedding by interrupting the supply of electricity to certain areas.