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Title:Visible, yet unknown: reflections on second-home development in South Africa
Author:Visser, GustavISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:14
Issue:4
Pages:379-407
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:migration
tourism
dwellings
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-003-0020-y
Abstract:This paper attempts to fill the void in academic reflection on second-home development in South Africa. It argues that second homes should be understood as the result of a range of relationships between tourism and migration and examines various forms of consumption-led mobility (migration of economically active migrants; migration of retirees), and of production-led mobility (tourism labour migration; tourism entrepreneurial migration). A brief geography of the localities where second-home development has been taking place shows that second-home development is concentrated along the coastline. A number of regions have experienced the impact of such development, with large concentrations found in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. It appears that second homes are properties that fulfil a holiday function, with weekend homes and those associated with retirement seldom being the main reason for such development. Although these properties are mainly owned by South Africans, a discernible increase in foreign interest in second homes in this country is starting to emerge. This has led to a range of impacts, many of which are not desirable to the host community. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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