Important Notices

South Africa's National Report for Habitat

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It is with great pleasure that the Department of Human Settlements presents to you South Africa's National Report to Habitat III. This is the product of three months of intensive writing, researching and consulting. We are very thankful for the tremendous support we received from you, our valued stakeholders. Your contributions enriched the report and ensured that it reflects a collective South African view of where we are at, where we are going to, and where we want to be. The final report is the product of the tireless work of the chapter leaders, the interdepartmental working group, participants at the national workshop, those of you who provided written inputs and comments, and those of you who reviewed the drafts - a real team effort.

We formally submitted the report to UN-HABITAT last week, just before the first meeting of the Preparatory Committee for Habitat III.

This report will form the basis of our future engagements for refining a South African position for Habitat III, and we hope to be able to call upon you again for further engagements and collaboration in the preparatory process leading up to the main event in 2016.

We will keep you updated on developments in New York as the matter is on the agenda for this session of the General Assembly.

The report is in two parts, due to the size. The main report follows the guidelines set out by UN HABITAT, while Annexures contain all the inputs received which we could not fully incorporate into the main report.

The Annexures part will be e-mailed separately.


The Research and Policy Branch of the Development Planning and Environmental Management Unit of the eThekwini Municipality has commissioned a study to investigate the impact of, in particular, Part XA of the National Building Regulations, relating to energy in buildings, and planning legislation on the pace of development in the province, but focused on the eThekwini region.


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