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Title:Race, class, gender and home ownership subsidies in contemporary South Africa
Author:Parnell, SusanISNI
Year:1991
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:2
Issue:1
Pages:21-39
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:racism
subsidies
housing policy
women
Ethnic and Race Relations
economics
urbanization
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03036668
Abstract:Despite tremendous changes in urban policy and practice in South Africa over the past decade, allocation of home ownership assistance remains unequal. Housing finance in the declining years of apartheid generally continues to favour whites over blacks, rich over poor and men over women. This paper reviews three major methods of subsidizing housing costs which are currently used by the State to encourage home ownership. Although other subsidy programmes exist, most people are involved in either the purchase of old public housing at reduced rates, the subsidy paid to civil servants, or the five-year, one-third interest subsidy on mortgage payments on new premises known as the first-time home owner's scheme. These kinds of home-ownership subsidies reveal clear racial and class prejudice. A consideration of the same schemes for their gender bias shows the unequal allocation of home-ownership assistance even more clearly. Bibliogr.
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