Housing in America: the next decade
An article by John McIlwain reviews the current state of the American housing market and looks at the need to re-establish the private market residential finance system. The paper also looks at emerging long-term trends. McIlwain is a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C. The ULI is a non-profit education and research institute focusing on the use of land in order to enhance the total environment.
Community up in arms about Itireleng evictions
The Itireleng informal settlement west of Pretoria was the scene of violent protests in January, following the forcible eviction of about 500 families who had built their shacks illegally on land belonging to cement giant PPC. Read a Pretoria News article by reporter Graeme Hosken.
Profile: Mark Napier
SA Property Review, the monthly magazine of the South African Property Owners Association, recently published a profile of Urban Landmark Programme Director Dr Mark Napier.
Availability and cost of housing units remain key challenges in affordable housing market
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has set aside R1bn for the establishment of a housing finance guarantee scheme for people earning between R3000 and R9000 a month. How far will that go towards fixing the problem of affordable housing in SA? Read an article on this topic in Business Day Online.
Court gives a legal voice to the poor and powerless
A series of talks designed to promote a public debate about the progress of constitutional democracy in South Africa was held recently at UCT's Summer School. One of the topics under discussion was the 2001 Grootboom case, which created the foundation of the Constitutional Court's socioeconomic rights jurisprudence. The case concerned a problem all too familiar in South Africa -- the right of access to adequate housing.