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Are we Creating a Sustainable Funding Model for Human Settlements?
Ms Alison Tshangana​, Specialist in Sustainable Human Settlements at SALGA Mr Ravi Pillay, MEC of KZN Human Settlements, Dr Mplio Ngubane, Head of eThekwini Municipality's Skills Development, Cllr. Logie Naidoo, eThekwini Municipality Speaker and Ms Malijeng Ngqaleni, DDG National Treasury, together with Professor Jeremy Gorelick​ AHI’s Managing Director of Capital Marketand Ms. Beryl Mphakathi, eThekwini Municipality's Head of Human Settlements at the Human Settlements Learning Exchange.
About 200 local, national and provincial government officials, eThekwini Municipality Councillors, Private Sector Housing, NGO’s and Academia converged at the Moses Mabhida Stadium today to participate in the first Human Settlements Learning Exchange hosted by MILE in partnership with eThekwini’s Human Settlements Unit and the Affordable Housing Institute (AHI).
 
The purpose of the three-day learning exchange is to share different organisations perspectives and experiences within the human settlements sector to improve housing service delivery.
 
Day one included prominent speakers such as the MEC of KZN Human Settlements; Mr Ravi Pillay, eThekwini Municipality Speaker; Cllr. Logie Naidoo, SALGA Specialist in Sustainable Human Settlements; Ms Alison Tshangana and the DDG National Treasury, Ms Malijeng Ngqaleni who shared their constructive perspectives towards a sustainable funding model for human settlements.
 
The keynote Speaker was Professor Jeremy Gorelick, AHI’s Managing Director of Capital Markets, who shared his international expertise and insights on alternative funding models for housing finance that can be applicable to the South African local government.
 
“Africa is the globe’s least-urbanized continent, and the Sub-Saharan region is the continent’s least-urbanized area. In light of this, Africa’s rapid twenty-first century urbanization poses unique and urgent challenges with respect to creating functional cities, functional housing, and functional affordable housing within those cities,” said Prof. Gorelick.
 
Over the next few days delegates will explore new funding models for affordable housing finance, effective new housing typologies, and guidance for establishing socially inclusive and responsive housing settlements.
 
 

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