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Published: 31 Jul 2012
|SA: Statement by the Tokyo Sexwale, on Conversation with the Estate Agency Industry at Sandton Convention Centre (31/07/2012)|
1. The Vision of Human Settlements is to ensure and carry out the constitutional mandate which guarantees houses for all.
Everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing.
The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of this right.
No one may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances. No legislation may permit arbitrary evictions.
2. Most importantly for us it is to drive the deracilisation of residential areas in South Africa
No one may be deprived of property except in terms of law of general application, and no law may permit arbitrary deprivation of property.
3 . In this light the work of Human Settlements is cut out in four areas
Cabinet initiated a process of transferring the Estate Agency Affairs from the Department of Trade and Industry to Human Settlements.
This followed the decision to have all Human Settlements related legislation and laws to be located within the department.
In the 2012 Budget Speech, we announced to the nation that the Estate Agency Affairs has been proclaimed to be part of Human Settlements.
The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) was, with effect from 17 May 2012, operationally relocated from the Department of Trade and Industry to the Department of Human Settlements which now constitutes its Executive Authority. A handover meeting between the Department of Human Settlement and the DTI took place on 29 May 2012.
The purpose of the Estate Agency Affairs Act, of 1976 is:
The EAAB has recently received a lot of publicity for all the wrong reasons.
I’m still planning to have a summit with you in September where detailed discussions about the sector will happen.
Prior to this I have been planning to meet with my board but things started falling apart.
I have decided to step in quicker than I had thought.
Your house is in disarray and that is why I called you. We have to crack the whip.
I’ll need everyone’s cooperation about the knowns and the unknowns. Spring cleaning the house is what has to happen now.
For me there is no compromise of governance
I asked the chairperson to ask whether her resignation had anything to do with the fire coming out of the roof.
Out of the board of 15 only three are remaining.
To facilitate a proper conversation with yourselves this morning, allow me to pose a few questions to help all of us navigate these difficult issues: