More than twenty years after the repeal of the Group Areas Act: Housing, spatial planning and urban development in post-apartheid South Africa

Caroline Newton, Nick Schuermans

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Abstract

More than twenty years after the repeal of the Group Areas Act, South Africa is facing a number of challenges with regards to housing, spatial planning and urban development. Government institutions, scholars, NGO's and local communities have been looking for innovative ways to improve the housing conditions of all South Africans. With this special issue, we aim to demonstrate that international insights cannot only be relevant to understand and enrich South African cases, but that an in-depth analysis of the South African experiments can also be meaningful for academic analyses and political decisions in other parts of the world. In order to stimulate such a cross-fertilization, this article will briefly summarize the current situation in South Africa in the public housing sector, the private housing sector and the self-help approach. We will also introduce the eight papers of this special issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-587
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Comparative urbanism
  • Housing
  • South Africa
  • Spatial planning
  • Urban development

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