For a long time, barriers have limited the participation of women in social housing projects. But the situation is set to change following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) and the South African Women in Construction & Built Environment (SAWIC & BE) . The MOU is aimed at advancing the participation of women in the social housing sector.

During the signing of the MoU at the SHRA office in Johannesburg on International Women’s Day, various stakeholders hailed development as a new chapter in social housing. They stressed the overall value of women empowerment in South Africa, the value of collaboration between different stakeholders, including government and financial institutions, and working together to emancipate women in country.

SHRA’s Sector Development and Transformation Specialist, Dudu Phoswa, explained that the aim of the MoU is to advance the transformation agenda within the social housing sector by empowering women to lead and manage accredited Social Housing Institutions and other delivery agents. Further, through the MoU, they will be empowered to deliver strategically located quality homes as developers, contractors, suppliers and service providers, she added.

The key partners in attendance included the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), Women of South Africa (WOSA), and the Black Business Council (BBC).

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