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The Built Environment Support Group (BESG) hosted a mini-summit on the new Housing Subsidy for Farm Residents on Monday 4th October 2010 at the City Royal Hotel in Pietermaritzburg. The event was planned as part of the international celebrations for World Habitat Day, the aim of which was to raise awareness about the current state of human settlements, the basic right to adequate shelter and our collective responsibility for maintaining decent and sustainable settlements.

Member of the Landless Peoples' Movement in debate 

Farm workers are in a particularly precarious position because their homes and jobs are linked - if they lose their jobs, they lose their homes. In 1997, the government introduced the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA), the purpose of which is to provide greater tenure security for farm workers and others living in rural areas through regulating evictions. However, regular evictions have continued, leaving farm workers homeless and vulnerable. The new Farm Resident Subsidy Programme aims to further address the plight of farm workers by providing decent housing along with clear agreements regarding ownership or tenancy.
BESG, a well-known player in the housing sector with strong community links, is well-placed to bridge the divide between government and the people. The mini-summit was attended by representatives of Community Based Organisations within the uMgungundlovu Municipal District and surrounding rural municipalities, along with various NGOs and government officials.

Group debate on the Farm Resident Subsidy Programme


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Distress Fund

BESG often receives urgent calls from citizens whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. We will soon be setting up a Distress Fund facility in order to finance the repair or replacement of these homes.

Should you wish to contribute to this fund please contact us and the relevant information will be sent to you.

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