Uncontrollable Informal Settlements in the City of Cape Town, South Africa

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Uncontrollable informal settlements in the city of Cape Town, South Africa
Vrije University of Brussels & Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium

ABSTRACT: The new democratic regime in the South Africa had its main aim focused on the housing development. The last decades have marked serious changes in this domain and so the city’s main problems seemed to be accentuated by the new development of the informal settlements.
This paper offers a brief understanding of the concept of informal settlement and so, outlines the most recent information or data concerning the situation of the informal settlements and their uncontrollable character from the city of Cape Town. Several processes as in-migration, overcrowding, land invasion are being approached as being the basis of the increased number of informal settlements. Moreover, it appears that the local government has lack of control over this issue even if there are still different solution applied or projects that are being implemented in order to meets the needs of formal housing for the new residents that are rapidly migrated into the city. The uncontrollable status of the informal settlements appears to be undeniable.

KEYWORDS: Cape Town / informal settlement / shack / housing / urbanization / land invasion


After the decline of the apartheid regime in South Africa, a major focus has been the provision of housing for the poor. Many projects and programs, as NHSS (National Housing
Subsidy Scheme) or RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme), has provided eligible households with a one-off housing subsidy. More than that, the government in 1994 planned to build 1.9 million RDP houses which by 2005 were built.
An impressive record, we would say, but by this year and especially after, almost 15 million people continued to immigrate and set in informal shacks…...

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