Vision and Mission

1. Origins and Organisational Background

NASHO is the National Association of Social Housing Organisations and was formed at an inaugural congress held in May 2002 and formally launched by the then National Housing Minister, Sanki Mthembi-Mahanyele.

NASHO is a membership-based federation of 18 full member social housing institutions and two associate member organisations collectively owning and/or managing approximately 24 000 units and operating throughout the country. Affiliated/member institutions are all non-profit institutions and operate within rental and co operative tenure options for low to middle income families.

Mission: To represent the legitimate interests of its member organizations by various means, including representation, advocacy, information provision and support.

Vision: To be the recognised representative of social housing institutions in South Africa, offering them a quality service.

 The objectives of NASHO are to:

  • Campaign and lobby on behalf of its members
  • Promote the sector
  • Provide information to the sector
  • Support Social Housing Institutions
  • Build capacity within the sector
  • Provide associate membership to institutions who are not social housing organisations but who wish to support the development of NASHOs aims and its members
  • Develop programs to further the interest of the sector
  • Promote unity, networking and exchange of knowledge and best practice among members


2. Mandate and Legal Base of Organisation

NASHO is a registered Non-Profit Organisation with a registered constitution.

The national structure consists of the:

  • National Council which is represented by all accredited members
  • National Office Bearers [NOB] which consists of:
      • Lawrence Ramashamole – Chairperson
      • Thomas Ntuli – Vice Chairperson
      • Andrew Wiseman – Treasurer
      • Rory Gallocher – General Secretary
  • The National Executive Committee (NEC) consists of the National Office Bearers and one member of each region
  • NASHO has committees in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Kwa Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga
  • The aims of the regions are to ensure strategic local presence in social rental housing activities, the transfer of knowledge, sharing of information and encouragement of networks


3. Core Business Activities/ Goods and Services to Membership

The NASHO members have decided to focus its support on four programme streams :

  • Information and Advocacy to strengthen the sector
  • Capacity Development for SHIs and other key players
  • Technical Services Centre to assist SHIs and other stakeholders to strengthen the sector
  • Group Savings to use the collective power of members to reduce cost of services and increase returns on investment

There are also a number of support programmes that will assist with the delivery of the main programme streams:

  • Communications
  • M&E System for the members and the sector
  • Member database system
  • Research programmes
  • Member Reference Groups
  • Executive Member Portfolio’s
  • TA’s and Internships
  • Stakeholder Agreements

The Social Housing Act (

– Government Gazette 5 November 2008) forms part of the legal framework within which all SHIs need to operate. With the establishment of the regulator (SHRA) all SHIs need to be accredited.  NASHO will continue its work with SHIs to ensure that they are supported to achieve accreditation.  NASHO, together with the Social Housing Foundation (SHF), launched the Self Regulation Programme (SRP) in October 2009 with the intention of getting all member SHIs ‘accreditation ready’.  The closure workshop for the SRP was conducted in March 2010, and members requested that NASHO continue the programme. 

All the programs mentioned above are in various developmental stages and need to be sustained to ensure that the sector is enriched. An important factor for NASHO is that of capacity building and training for its members. It has also been highlighted that other role players/stakeholders need capacity building so that there is consensus as well as collaborative ventures.

NASHO aims to drive and facilitate these processes. Furthermore, plans are underway to strategically position NASHO for its future role as an important partner within the social housing sector in South Africa.