SNHB in the final stages of acquiring loans to finance the Institutional Housing Project

The Swaziland National Housing Board announced last month that it is in the final stages of acquiring loans to finance the first phase of the project. Following this latest development, it is expected that the Loan Agreement and Guarantee Agreement will be reviewed and signed soon.

Phase I of the project, which has an estimated cost of E600 million, will see the construction of 43 blocks countrywide for services agencies, such as the Royal Swaziland Police (RSP), His Majesty's Correctional Services (HMCS) and the Swaziland National Fire and Emergency Services (SNFES) among others.

The Board is also in the final stages of awarding the first contract (Package “C”), which involves the construction of units in Lobamba and Ezulwini for the RSP and the SNFES.

To date, 9 tender packages have been published in the local newspapers, meaning only three packages remain, as the first phase has 12 packages in total. Priority for construction contracts is given to Swazi contractors who meet the SNHB’s procurement requirements. Contractors registered in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport register are invited to tender and they are also expected to be registered with the Construction Industry Council as one of the other requirements.  
The Board was appointed by the Swaziland Government to implement a phased housing program (the Institutional Housing Project) for civil servants. The project is intended to address the acute housing shortage currently experienced by civil service agencies nationwide. SNHB will raise finance, construct and manage the housing units, which will be occupied by the respective government agencies.

Government agencies that will benefit from this project include Ministries of Health, Education and Defence and other essential services agencies, such as the RSP, HMCS, SNFES, as well the Sikhuphe Housing Estate.

The need to carry out this project was necessitated by the fact that the essential services agencies have a total staff complement of approximately 18 000 officers collectively, who require institutional housing yet these agencies currently have a total of less than 6000 units of accommodation in which to house its officers. In addition, the agencies recruit a combined estimate of 1 500 new officers annually. Therefore, the project offers government a financial solution and delivery mechanism, which will see the construction of housing for essential services officers to alleviate the accommodation backlog.

The SNHB has 26 years of experience in the planning, development and management of housing estates. Successful projects include Helemisi Township (Manzini), Mbangweni Township & Woodlands Township (Mbabane) and Thembelisha Township (Ezulwini).

Nkhanini Township : A new exciting development down south
Nkhanini Township is situated 3km from Nhlangano Town Centre and is adjacent to the Nhlangano Correctional Services.  The township is along the Nhlangano/Mahamba public road overlooking Mathendele Township Extension 6. This development has 429  residential and commercial plots. See advert.

The Estate is tucked in the heart of Ezulwini, just behind the Royal Villas.  It is along the link road between Codec and Ezulwini Town Board at the edge of the u-bend.  It offers 27 residential plots with sizes ranging from 1 402 to 2 631 square metres. 

The plots are suited for exclusive up market residential purposes, boasting of tranquil virgin land. This is a 24-hour controlled and safe environment, with an open space for recreational facilities.  Property buyers are invited to come and experience the prestige of exclusive privacy in the exquisite up-market residential estate.  Close by is the Gables Shopping Complex, Corner Plaza, major hotels and many more.

Application period still open!

The application period for rental units at our residential portfolio in both Mbabane and Matsapha is still open.
The SNHB offers affordable residential units in secure and peaceful surroundings. Our residential portfolio in both the capital city of Mbabane and the industrial town, Matsapha comprises of over 1 000 units.

We are proud to say that since inception, we have developed residential units in Mbabane, which are fully let out to locals, most of whom work within the urban parameters of Mbabane. These units are spread across Mbabane’s suburbia and its townships.

Our Matsapha residential portfolio is suitably nested within the high density urban industrial area of Matsapha. The estate is the largest, consisting of both a commercial portfolio and has proven to be convenient, as it lies between the country’s major towns of Mbabane and Manzini.

To apply, visit our offices at 3rd Floor Dlan'ubeka Building and our Matsapha Estate Office to get application forms or download the form from our Leasing Portfolio.

For more information, call 2405 5000

Rental rates schedule


Rent per month

Mbabane Estate


Embangweni Townhouses (2 bedrooms)

E3 438

Embangweni Townhouses (3 bedrooms)

E4 100

Embangweni I

E2 560

Embangweni II

E2 815


E2 050


E2 050

Mbabane South (Emagesini)

E2 495

Old Mobeni

E1 125


Golf Course Estate


Type A

E2 630

Type B

E2 270

Type C

E1 910

Matsapha Estate


Matsapha New

E2 050

Matsapha Old Mobeni

E1 125





Neighbours Wanted

The Woodlands Estate project situated 5 minutes away from the city centre, is now at an advanced stage, consequently Swaziland National Housing Board anticipates handing over the first batch of houses to buyers soon. Construction began in July 2011 and buyers chose their design from 8 different house types of 2 and 3 bedroom houses.

By understanding the needs of its marketing niche SNHB has offered 8 different house types of 2 and 3-bedroom houses. There are 6 single storey and 2 double storey types of house designs to be handed over as stand-alone houses.  The designs mostly features open floor plans being the most popular and sought-after house plans available today. 

The Board has augmented its offer by providing the standard and improved package finishes specification to suite the customer’s pocket. The standard package comes as a basic house with a fitted kitchen and bathrooms, whereas the improved package comes with a wide range of finishes. That’s not all, SNHB also allows customers to customize houses according to their needs.

To view our workmanship and excellent final finishes, SNHB has a demo house that is open for viewing. You won’t need to worry about the hustles of monitoring the progress of the construction of your dream home as SNHB will take care of the whole process to the point of handing over keys, once your chosen house is ready for occupation.

This development comes with a modern Shopping complex that will house some of the finest names in the retail business, complemented by a police post. This has all been created to afford our prospective buyers the safety and convenience they need. Woodlands Estate is the first-ever urban residential lifestyle project in the kingdom that boasts all the necessary attributes and features making it the most sought after address in the capital city.