Against the background of many protests about housing delivery, National Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale launched the country’s first Chair for Education in human settlements development and management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today.
The Chair aims to make a significant contribution to the education and training of undergraduate students in the new Bachelor’s Degree in Human Settlements Development (BHSD). Matriculants and those interested in specialising in human settlements at a University level will be able to study for this degree at NMMU from 2014.
The degree will ensure that graduates who enter the profession understand the key issues and debates in the sector and are competent to implement policies and solutions. Through research, the Chair will also aim to provide answers to some of the most pressing challenges in the housing and human settlements development management practices.
This will add to the debate on human settlements development management in developing countries and provide scholarly input that will – in the long-term – provide solutions to global problems of almost immeasurable proportions.
According to NMMU’s Prof Kobus van Wyk the university wants to ensure that quality professionals for a more humane quality of life be produced through this new degree.
“We are grateful to the Department of Human Settlements for their input and support in this partnership.
“We want to support stakeholders, government, CBOs, communities, NGOs, financiers and private sector developers and contractors with immediate solutions to short-term problems they are facing through consultation and the provision