HOUSING NEEDS: THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF HOUSING PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE POOR IN THE EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE IN SOUTH AFRICA
AbstractThe article is based on a study of the implementation of housing programmes in the Amathole District of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. A sample of 250 residents took part in a survey and housing officials, representatives of political parties, municipal managers, councillors and social workers were interviewed. The findings revealed that most of the houses had been constructed from substandard materials and evinced poor workmanship, such as poorly fitting doors and windows, cracked walls and weak roofs and floors. The numbers of housing units and the number of rooms in them were inadequate in terms of both demand and construction targets. Although houses are being provided, their quality poses a threat to the health, safety and human dignity of the intended beneficiaries.
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