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July 9, 2012 by Kecia Rust, Mark Napier | 4 Comments
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Last week, Mark Napier of Urban LandMark and I submitted a letter to the Business Day, commenting on two letters that had been debating the value of RDP housing and title deeds.  Here is the full text of the letter.  The edited version of the letter as it appeared in the newspaper can be downloaded here.   Letter to the Business Day, 5 July 2012 Sir Gail Daus-van Wyk and Keith Gottschalk have both written about the value of title deeds for RDP home owners, responding to the article by Stephen Grootes on the land reform debate. Certainly, subsidized housing…

February 16, 2012 by Kecia Rust | 4 Comments
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It is a common habit to monitor the health of the property market from the perspective of our own homes.  Whether or not property prices are on the rise or falling, we understand these developments in relation to our own neighbourhood, how many FOR SALE signs are visible, the level of construction activity evident on the roadside, and so on.  In the early 2000’s when South Africa was going through a property boom that was celebrated internationally, even topping the scales of The Economist ratings, FinMark Trust commissioned research into the Township Residential Property Market that demonstrated this ‘boom’ was…

February 10, 2012 by Kecia Rust | 319 Comments
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Click here for our latest blog on FLISP President Jacob Zuma delivered his 2012 State of the Nation address in Cape Town, South Africa, last night.  In setting the scene, the President outlined the findings of Cabinet’s mid-term review of progress since 2009: … “The mid-term review indicated steady progress in various areas such as health, education, the fight against crime, human settlements, energy, water provision, rural development and others. However, the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality persists, despite the progress made. Africans, women and the youth continue to suffer most from this challenge.” A key contributor to not…

December 10, 2011 by Kecia Rust | No Comments
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This has been a busy year and there have been lots of developments at FinMark Trust’s Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa.  As you wind down the year and think of the holidays, I thought you might be interested in a holiday reading list…  Here are some recommendations: We’ve just launched the Housing Subsidy Assets study.  The documents are the culmination of an 18-month research programme, and offer extensive analysis of the performance of government-subsidised housing assets in South Africa.  Visit http://www.housingfinanceafrica.org/projects/rdp-assets-study/ You can also find the 2011 edition of the Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook.  This is the second edition, and…