The Institutional Housing Project (IHP) was initially commissioned by His Majesty King Mswati III in his speech during the opening of parliament in 2009. The project was launched with the purpose of alleviating the civil service housing backlog. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MHUD) was directed to facilitate the provision of institutional housing for government employees to address the severe shortage of accommodation in the civil service; in order to carry out His Majesty’s vision MHUD in turn engaged the Eswatini Housing Board (EHB) to be the implementing agency for the project.
EHB presented a proposal to government to deliver the project through the Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) concept. The proposal was accepted and a Memorandum of Agreement was entered into by SNHB and the government of Eswatini. EHB received a government guarantee of E1 billion in favour of E600 million from the Public Service Pensions Fund (PSPF) and E400 million from the Eswatini National Provident Fund ( SNPF). The EHB managed to secure a E600 million loan from the Public Service Pensions Fund (PSPF) and the first tranche being E100 million from the Eswatini National Provident Fund ( ENPF). The first phase of the project was broken down into two stages; stage one which included the uniformed services (Fire and emergency service, Royal Eswatini Police and His Majesty’s Correctional Services) and stage two; the Ministry of Health and King Mswati III Housing Estate. The phasing was done following an extensive need analysis exercise which was conducted by EHB. Prior to the planning and implementation, the respective agencies were consulted to prioritize their needs, considering their capacity and availability of land. A total of 700 units will be constructed under this phase nationwide.
Phase 1 stage 1 includes the following agencies:
- National Fire and Emergency Services
- Royal Eswatini Police
- His Majesty’s Correctional Service
- KMIII Infrastructure development
Phase 1 stage 2 of the project includes:
- Ministry of Health
- KMIII Housing Estate
- Phase 2 of the project will include:
- Ministry of Education and Training
- Ministry of Defence