About us

At the heart of the Association is our effort to offer a solution to the desperate shortage of student housing in the country. We aim to achieve this by formalising the industry, lobbying for effective solutions to challenges in the sector and improving standards of accommodation offerings and the credibility of the sector and its members.

The PSHA currently represents private student housing providers providers of nearly 50 000 beds across South Africa.


Key stakeholders in the PSHA include developers, owners, operators, students, tertiary institutions, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the National Treasury, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and various municipalities across the country. We aim to maintain a strong relationship with the various key stakeholders to ensure transparent and meaningful communication.

Norms & Standards

Our members’ purpose-built accommodation complies with the Ministerial Policy on the Minimum Norms and Standards for Student Housing at Public Universities, as determined by the DHET.

We believe that there is a need for a standard accommodation grading system agreed to by all stakeholders and aligned to these Norms and Standards and the accreditation policies of tertiary institutions.

Working towards progressive tax and related instruments (VAT, Urban Development Zone tax incentive, and property rates) that improve student affordability are included as key objectives for the PSHA.


NSFAS poses challenges that we strive to conquer. A streamlined payment approach forms part of our efforts to formalise the industry, including the standardisation of accommodation rates across universities.

PSHA Directors and CEO

Craig McMurray
Director: PSHA
Chairman: Accreditation Committee
CEO, Respublica

Georges Comitis
Director: PSHA
Director, Park Central Lifestyle

Johan Ferreira
Director: PSHA
Director, Feenstra Group

Ndumiso Paul Davidson
Chairman: PSHA
CEO, South Point

Nicolaas Erasmus
Director: PSHA
Chairman: Norms and Standards & Finance Committees
Acting CEO, Citiq

David van Niekerk

PSHA Bed Count