Kate Wilkinson – Factsheet: The Housing Situation In South Africa

The provision of housing in South Africa was described as one of the country’s biggest challenges in 1994. But what is the situation now? How many houses have been delivered? And how many more are needed? This factsheet  looks at the housing situation in South Africa.

How big is the housing backlog?

A woman gets water for her washing in Alexandra township of Johannesburg. Photo: Alexander Joe/AFP

A 1994 housing white paper described providing housing to the South Africa’s citizens as one of the greatest challenges facing government. It estimated that the urban housing backlog stood at about 1.5 million houses and that the backlog was growing at a rate of 178,000 units a year.
The 1996 national census revealed that 1.4 million shacks or informal dwellings remained in the country. This represented 16% of the 9-million households in South Africa at the time.
By 2011, the census showed that the number of shacks and informal dwellings had increased to about 1.9-million. However, this then represented about 13% of all households in the country – a decrease of three percentage points since 1996.
Read more: http://africacheck.org/factsheet-the-housing-situation-in-south-africa/

Africa Check a non-partisan organisation which promotes accuracy in public debate and the media. Twitter @AfricaCheck and www.africacheck.org.

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Social Housing Regulatory Authority Publications

The Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) Publications is a South African regulatory organisation formed with the mandate to deliver affordable rental housing, and regulate social housing institutions and the private sector. The SHRA has published  an impressive list of resources and studies on their website on social housing.

Read more: http://www.housingfinanceafrica.org/social-housing-regulatory-authority-publications/

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Human Right Watch – Shattered Dreams ~ Impact Of Spain’s Housing Crisis On Vulnerable Groups

HumanRWhrw.org. May 2014. This 81-page report documents the hardships faced by families who lose their homes after defaulting on mortgage payments amid Spain’s economic recession and massive unemployment. The report is based on in-depth interviews with 44 women and men who have experienced or were facing eviction, civil society organizations, and government officials. Immigrants, women who head households or are victims of economic abuse from a former partner, and children are among the affected groups, Human Rights Watch found.

Read more (PDF-format): http://www.hrw.org/reports/shattered-dreams

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KwaZulu-Natal: Informal Settlements Status (2013)



In terms of the HDA Act No. 23, 20081 , the Housing Development Agency (“HDA”), is mandated to assist organs of State with the upgrading of informal settlements. As part of the informal settlements upgrading programme, the HDA commissioned this report to update existing analysis on the prole of informal settlements in South Africa, nationally and provincially as well as for some of the larger municipalities. The analysis draws heavily on newly released Census 2011 data and also explores other data sources available at a national, provincial and municipal level to characterise conditions in informal settlements and to identify key trends. This report summarises available data for KwaZulu-Natal province.

Read more (PDF-format): http://www.thehda.co.za/KwaZulu-Natal

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vivafavelaViva Favela é um projeto do Viva Rio, cuja experiência com atividades e propostas relacionadas ao jornalismo tem mais de uma década de história. Sua proposta central visa à integração social, à inclusão digital e a refletir a vida das populações do universo das favelas. Na internet, é um site cujo conteúdo é produzido por jornalistas e correspondentes comunitários, que são comunicadores moradores de favelas e periferias urbanas. Além do resultado de sua produção na web, o projeto oferece também oficinas para a formação de correspondentes.
O portal Viva Favela é referência nacional. Criado em 2001, foi pioneiro na produção e oferta de conteúdo temático sobre favelas e periferias urbanas na internet. Ainda antes do surgimento das atuais mídias sociais, o projeto desenvolveu metodologia própria para a formação de comunicadores locais e já recebeu diversos prêmios.


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SA Affordable Housing

saah_logoSA Affordable Housing is a unique publication that is dedicated entirely to the subject of affordable housing in South Africa today. We address topics and issues relating directly to rural and urban infrastructure planning and development and the delivery of affordable housing. SA Affordable Housing does not support any view that lends itself to the construction of new shacks and slums.

This publication is grounded in the absolute conviction that every South African must have access to a home and that these homes, and the infrastructure that supports them, must be of a standard that is reflective of the needs and dignity of our citizens.

Read more: http://www.trademax.co.za/saah.html

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