Housing

Water Saving Through Subsidy Housing Construction
image April, 2017 Housing
Opinion piece by Christine Botha on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning Days of water left:100 Last month of water supply: June Current useable water in our dams in the Western Cape: 17,3% In the light of the current drought The City of Cape Town has urged residents to reduce ...
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CONTRADICTIONS BETWEEN POLICY AND PRACTICE: Challenges in Providing Low-Income Housing in Cape Town
image June, 2016 Housing
Noah Schermbrucker on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning 15 June 2016: A cursory analysis of current National Housing Policy indicates, at least in writing, a will to redress spatial inequality through the provision of well-located opportunities (green-field and in-situ) for the urban poor. Numerous statements, housed in a variety ...
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How the Nimby Factor Impedes Equal Housing Opportunities in Cape Town
image June, 2016 Housing
This short opinion piece uses the example of the Ruo Emoh (Our Home spelt backwards) Housing Project to argue that the NIMBY (Not in my backyard) factor is extremely detrimental to equal housing development in Cape Town, South Africa. It provides a summary history of the project and the ...
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Participtory based Planning for Upgrading of Informal Settlments
image June, 2016 Housing
PEP has always advocated the incremental upgrading of well-located informal settlements, instead of greenfield housing developments in the urban peripheries. It is encouraging to see the slow shift of government policy, especially at National level, towards upgrading of informal settlements. The National Upgrading Support Programme (NUSP) is such initiative. ...
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Addressing the ‘Chronic’ Housing Shortage in South Africa
image June, 2016 Housing
The Gaps in the Housing Finance Policy Regardless of government and others efforts over the past two decades, South Africa continues to face significant challenges in assisting the poor in access to a decent house and basic services. According to current estimates, the housing backlog stands at about 2.1 ...
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Decade Long Struggle of Backyard Dwellers for Land and Housing
image June, 2016 Housing
This story describes the difficulties poor backyard dwellers have experienced in accessing an in-fill piece of land on which to build their houses in Cape Town, South Africa. More than a decade ago (1997), this community, composed largely of backyard dwellers, wanted to build their own houses in Mitchells ...
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