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Oversights, omissions and ownership visions: State-funded walk-up housing in Johannesburg

Charlton, S., Klug, N. and Rubin, M. ORCID: 2023. Oversights, omissions and ownership visions: State-funded walk-up housing in Johannesburg. Rubin, M. ORCID:, Charlton, S. and Klug, S., eds. Housing in African cities : A lens on urban governance, Springer, Cham, 181–198. (10.1007/978-3-031-37408-1_10)

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The South African government has introduced a new building typology in its programme of home-ownership for the poorest households. Consisting of low-rise blocks of flats, this built form brings with it the need for collective management of the common area, space usage and behaviours in and around the complex. However in the case study we review in Johannesburg, no institutional mechanism was ever established for this, and impoverished residents have been left to muddle through on their own. Confusion, neighbourhood tensions and attempts at localised forms of management have ensued. This chapter traces the governance dimensions of this post-occupancy situation, but also the governance arrangements, and lapses, that allowed this organisational vacuum to arise. We reflect on the limits of public-private-partnerships that are revealed through this case study.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Springer, Cham
ISBN: 9783031374074
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2023 13:00

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