urbanisation

Neilson: Partnership Key to Housing Delivery

Ian Neilson has called on residents, businesses and the government to work together to ensure that more progress is made in delivering housing opportunities.
 
In his article titled ‘Cape to start big housing push Neilson’, Neilson is of the view that with the effects of urbanisation, housing remains perhaps the single biggest challenge for many governments.
 

Stats SA: JHB Has Worst Urban Sprawl

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says Johannesburg is the worst in terms of the urban sprawl and the disjuncture between policy intentions and how RDP houses are constructed.

Statistician general, Pali Lehohla, says this this is caused mainly by people who relocate from their provinces to Johannesburg.

Lehohla says the 2009 economic recession meant that fewer building plans were passed across the country, with Tshwane being the quickest to recover from the slowdown.

Foundation Targets African Youth and Cities

Mamadou Biteye, managing director for Africa at the Rockefeller Foundation, says in the run to the centennial year, the foundation revisited or reinterpreted that mission to understand what it means in the world of the 21st century.

Biteye says that Africa has seen the fastest urbanisation, with challenges of congestion, infrastructure, service delivery, security, vulnerability and growth of slums.

Addressing the Housing Backlog in South Africa

While urbanisation has many benefits for a country’s population, it increases the burden on government to provide key social services such as adequate housing and shelter, running water and sanitation. Recent research by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) shows that the proportion of people living in urban areas increased from 52 percent in 1990 to 62 percent in 2012.
 

Call to Plan as World Population Increases

Experts say nearly all the expected surge in the world's population from seven to nine billion people by 2050 will come in urban areas of Asia and Africa.

They say planning for it will be crucial to limit the spread of slums and related social and environmental problems.

According the International Institute on Environment and Development, many fast-growing cities today have informal settlements and black-market economies "Is in part a testament to failure to accommodate and plan for urban growth effectively and fairly."

US$4.9m Donation for a University Project

A University of Stellenbosch project in partnership with nine African institutions has received US$4.9 million from the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) to help Africa deal with natural disasters on its own.

As rapid urbanisation and increased exposure to climate change place more people on the continent at risk of disaster, the four-year ‘Partners Enhancing Resilience to People Exposed to Risks’ programme, launched this week, will apply disaster expertise to develop African resources and combat risk.

Call for Adequate Urban Planning

As the United Nations (UN) marked the birth of the seventh billionth baby, the world body is warning that without adequate urban planning, the world will not be able to cope with the population explosion.

UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, says out of the projected nine billion, seven billion will be living in cities, adding that serious urbanisation problems will emerge, something the world cannot cope with.

Urbanisation Difficult to Manage, Says SACN

The South African Cities Network (SACN) has warned that urbanisation is becoming increasingly difficult to manage as municipalities restrict new informal settlements.

SACN senior researcher, Ivan Turok, says that populations around cities are becoming increasingly dense.

Turok maintains that, "The effect of the restriction is that you squeeze people into the existing settlements and then you have the backyard shack phenomenon. The effect has created some very difficult environments for people to live in."

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