What is an informal settlement?

For the past five years Eighty20 has worked closely with the Housing Development Agency to enumerate and profile informal settlements across South Africa. In part, this research was borne out of the need to fill key gaps in our understanding of informal settlements in South Africa. This was largely because available data from Statistics South Africa and other Government agencies could not accurately capture the intricacies and uniqueness of these settlements, as well as the lack of a universal definition as highlighted in the table below. For further reading, see our report: South Africa – Informal Settlements Status.

What is an informal settlement in South Africa

Footnotes

  1. Simiselo Nogampula, Director Human Settlements at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality
  2. Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Draft Integrated Development Plan 2012/13
  3. Mangaung Metropolitan Integrated Development Plan, Review 2013/14
  4. John Maytham, Project Manager: Informal Settlement Formalization Unit, Development Planning and Urban Management
  5. City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, By-laws Relating to the Management and Control of Informal Settlements, Definitions
  6. Study into supporting informal settlements, Main Report, 28 August 2004 Prepared for Department of Housing, Pretoria by the University of the Witwatersrand Research Team
  7. Faizal Seedat, Senior Manager: Housing Unit (Durban)
  8. IDP 2011/12
  9. Housing Strategy 2010
  10. IDP
  11. IDP 2011/12

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