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Title:Contractor development through the provision of low-cost mass housing
Author:Fitchett, Anne
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:Investigations into projects carried out in the Johannesburg inner city and Alexandra Township in the northern suburbs of the same city show different strategies towards the combining of urgently needed low-income housing while stimulating the building industry through employment creation, technical skills development and contractor empowerment. While research shows that many of the objectives of these projects have been met, they fall short of any meaningful long-term solution, either in the provision of housing at the rate envisioned by the policymakers, or in terms of the employment aspect from the perspective of sustainability. Private sector role-players in such projects have attributed these limitations to the policy environment, while media reports suggest that government organizations see a lack of commitment by the private sector, particularly the established construction industry, professionals and financiers, as the primary cause. Bibliogr.