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Title:Botshabelo's Changing Housing Landscape: A Critical Analysis
Author:Marais, LochnerISNI
Periodical:Africa Insight
Geographic term:South Africa
housing policy
Development and Technology
Abstract:The township of Botshabelo, Free State, South Africa, was established to accommodate the population growth of Mangaung (Bloemfontein) and as a place of resettlement for the Sotho people from Thaba Nchu after the 'independence' of Bophuthatswana. This article examines housing developments in Botshabelo in the period 1989-1995, i.e. during the transitional and postapartheid era in South Africa. It presents data on the percentages of formal and informal settlements; the houses which were demolished because the residents left in order to live closer to their place of employment; the agencies involved in low-income houses; housing expenditure in different zones; the households entitled to housing subsidies; and the housing situation in Bloemfontein as compared to that in Botshabelo. The conclusion is that although initial trends in the upgrading of housing structures in Botshabelo are evident, very little change has taken place since 1989. The housing policy under apartheid employed numerous low-income housing finance methods in order to make Botshabelo attractive. The opening up of other settlement options for black South Africans has caused many residents to reconsider their commitment to invest in housing in Botshabelo. Ref.