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Is urbanisation in South Africa on a sustainable trajectory?

Is urbanisation in South Africa on a sustainable trajectory? Urbanisation is an important but contested process because of its far-reaching social, economic and environmental implications. The paper explores the relationship between urbanisation and living conditions in South Africa over the last decade. The central question addressed is whether population growth in the main cities has been accompanied by improved living standards, housing and public services. One finding is that employment growth has tended to coincide with demographic trends, which is necessary to reduce poverty. In addition, the provision of urban infrastructure has outstripped population growth, resulting in better access to essential services and reduced backlogs. In contrast, the provision of affordable housing has not kept pace with household growth, so more people than ever are living in shacks. A more comprehensive assessment is required before one can be sure that urbanisation is on a sustainable trajectory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Development Southern Africa Taylor & Francis

Is urbanisation in South Africa on a sustainable trajectory?

Is urbanisation in South Africa on a sustainable trajectory?

Development Southern Africa , Volume 31 (5): 17 – Sep 3, 2014

Abstract

Urbanisation is an important but contested process because of its far-reaching social, economic and environmental implications. The paper explores the relationship between urbanisation and living conditions in South Africa over the last decade. The central question addressed is whether population growth in the main cities has been accompanied by improved living standards, housing and public services. One finding is that employment growth has tended to coincide with demographic trends, which is necessary to reduce poverty. In addition, the provision of urban infrastructure has outstripped population growth, resulting in better access to essential services and reduced backlogs. In contrast, the provision of affordable housing has not kept pace with household growth, so more people than ever are living in shacks. A more comprehensive assessment is required before one can be sure that urbanisation is on a sustainable trajectory.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 Development Bank of Southern Africa
ISSN
1470-3637
eISSN
0376-835X
DOI
10.1080/0376835X.2014.937524
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Abstract

Urbanisation is an important but contested process because of its far-reaching social, economic and environmental implications. The paper explores the relationship between urbanisation and living conditions in South Africa over the last decade. The central question addressed is whether population growth in the main cities has been accompanied by improved living standards, housing and public services. One finding is that employment growth has tended to coincide with demographic trends, which is necessary to reduce poverty. In addition, the provision of urban infrastructure has outstripped population growth, resulting in better access to essential services and reduced backlogs. In contrast, the provision of affordable housing has not kept pace with household growth, so more people than ever are living in shacks. A more comprehensive assessment is required before one can be sure that urbanisation is on a sustainable trajectory.

Journal

Development Southern AfricaTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 3, 2014

Keywords: urban infrastructure; economic development; affordable housing; green economy; sustainable urbanisation

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