Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver the National Budget Speech tomorrow. Together with colleagues, we have contributed to the #HumanRightsBudgetSpeech. In the housing section of the speech, we suggest:

"The financial, human and social costs of relocations have been highlighted by communities around the country and are increasingly finding their way to our courts in eviction proceedings. The Constitution tells us “People’s needs must be responded to".

As an immediate measure we will therefore increase funding support for human settlements in general and strongly encourage provinces to prioritise this increased allocation for UISP implementation. Provinces, in turn, must incentivise municipalities to implement the policy instead of seeking relocations not favoured by residents of informal settlements."

  • Read the full speech here.