Parliament, Thursday, 8 September 2022 – The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements will this weekend, from 9 to 11 September 2022, hold public hearings on the Housing Consumer Protection Bill in Mpumalanga to gather public views on the Bill. The hearings in the Mpumalanga are part of a nationwide public hearings programme the committee is conducting, with three sessions scheduled in each province.
Public consultation and participation is a constitutional requirement that Parliament is obliged to undertake as part of its decision-making processes. “These hearings are in line with Section 59 (1) of the Constitution, which urges public involvement in the legislative-making process of the Assembly. Also, we are hopeful that as the primary beneficiaries of the protections proposed by the Bill, participants will present qualitative inputs aimed at improving the Bill to ensure that it meets daily challenges,” said Ms Machwene Semenya, the Chairperson of the committee.
South Africans have faced challenges within the home-building environment with challenges such as homes built on unsuitable land, inadequate inspection of houses and home builders who are not registered and trained adequately, which exposed consumers to unmitigated risk. At the centre of the Bill is the intention to regulate and streamline processes to ensure consumers’ protection within the home-building environment. Through this Bill, it is hoped that home builders will benefit by appointing registered builders who will ensure quality housing, as well as extending protection through the extension of warranty cover.
The Bill proposes these protections through the repeal the Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act of 1998 by providing protections for housing consumers, the registration of home builders, the continuance of the home warranty fund and sets out the framework to claim against the fund, as well as the continuance of the National Home Builders Registration Council as the National Home Building Regulatory Council. The Bill’s main intention is to broadly protect the consumer and ensure that they are able to access warranty cover should they need it.
Also, an important pillar of the Bill is its transformative outlook, which seeks to improve builders and, downstream, the consumers. This protection is proposed through the Bill’s call for proper training for builders, which will enable full economic participation. Furthermore, a database of registered builders and their grading will assist the sector in knowing what builders are available and at what level.
Last week, the committee held hearings in Limpopo where participants highlighted the importance of the Bill in protecting RDP beneficiaries against unscrupulous constructors who build substandard houses. Also, many residents called for the Bill to regulate against the selling of poor-quality building materials especially in poor communities.
The committee invites all individuals and interested organisations to come and make inputs on the Bill, to ensure that the final product is reflective of their will and aspirations.
Details of the Hearings (Day 1)
Date: Friday, 09 September 2022
Venue: Klarinet Hall Ext 3, Witbank
Details of the Hearings (Day 2)
Date: Saturday, 10 September 2022
Venue: Cassim Park Hall, 123 Littledale street, Ermelo
Details of the Hearings (Day 3)
Date: Sunday, 11 September 2022
Venue: Mbombela Civic Hall, Mbombela
ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS. MS MACHWENE SEMENYA.
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