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Title:Overcoming the challenge of vertical consolidation in South Africa's low-income settlements: a case study of Du Noon
Authors:McGaffin, Robert
Cirolia, Liza Rose
Massyn, Mark
Periodical:Urban Forum (ISSN 1874-6330)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:housing policy
External link:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12132-014-9232-6
Abstract:Theoretically, the evident demand for housing in growing cities, particularly in the Global South would result in vertical consolidation of properties. However, unlike places in Latin America, where market and state responses to urbanisation are pushing cities higher and higher, in South Africa, the densification and land use intensity has, generally, remained horizontal, rather than vertical in nature. Du Noon offers an interesting counter position to this narrative. Unlike other Reconstruction and Development Housing Programme settlements, many property owners are demolishing the state-delivered units and erecting double-storey rental accommodation. Drawing from interviews conducted with 21 of these structure owners, this paper explores the drivers of this 'vertical consolidation' in Du Noon drawing lessons for housing policy and practice in South Africa. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]