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Urban Geography in South Africa Urban Housing in South Africa: The Role of Housing in Development and Transformation

Urban Geography in South Africa : Urban Housing in South Africa: The Role of Housing in... [The spatial legacy of the apartheid city has left cities that are divided and segregated along racial and class lines. These cities do not only have to overcome the economic challenges of the post-apartheid system, but equally address the poor spatial layout of the city. Housing is one of the key issues when addressing they layout of a city, housing is not only a basic right in South Africa but equally a tool to integrate the city. South African cities have a massive array of types, from luxury houses to informal shacks, the complexities of this housing typology means that there is no single policy that can address the housing crisis in the country. Informal housing forms a vital space for the urban poor to find housing and other economic opportunities, however, the poor services and unhealthy environment in informal settlements has pushed government to try and eradicate these settlement types. However, city governments in South Africa simply do not have the resources to rehouse the millions of individuals who find shelter in these settlements. This chapter explores the role of housing in post-apartheid South Africa and how it can contribute to the livelihood of the most vulnerable in society.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Urban Geography in South Africa Urban Housing in South Africa: The Role of Housing in Development and Transformation

Part of the GeoJournal Library Book Series
Editors: Massey, Ruth; Gunter, Ashley

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-25368-4
Pages
209 –223
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25369-1_13
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The spatial legacy of the apartheid city has left cities that are divided and segregated along racial and class lines. These cities do not only have to overcome the economic challenges of the post-apartheid system, but equally address the poor spatial layout of the city. Housing is one of the key issues when addressing they layout of a city, housing is not only a basic right in South Africa but equally a tool to integrate the city. South African cities have a massive array of types, from luxury houses to informal shacks, the complexities of this housing typology means that there is no single policy that can address the housing crisis in the country. Informal housing forms a vital space for the urban poor to find housing and other economic opportunities, however, the poor services and unhealthy environment in informal settlements has pushed government to try and eradicate these settlement types. However, city governments in South Africa simply do not have the resources to rehouse the millions of individuals who find shelter in these settlements. This chapter explores the role of housing in post-apartheid South Africa and how it can contribute to the livelihood of the most vulnerable in society.]

Published: Aug 18, 2019

Keywords: Housing; Spatial legacy; Tenure; Informal settlements

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