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Title:Housing standards and housing rights: the case of Welkom in the Free State Province
Authors:Marais, LochnerISNI
Wessels, Johannes
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
housing policy
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-005-0014-z
Abstract:This article originates from a complaint that the poor cannot access housing subsidies in Welkom, Free State, South Africa. The authors argue that the policy approach of forcing developers to construct housing of the required size of 40 m2 seems to be impacting negatively on the ability of the poor to access the housing subsidy in bigger urban areas (such as Welkom), but that at the same time, it is highly unlikely that a court of law will rule in favour of the poor. In assessing the complaint the authors consider four interrelated questions: how does housing delivery in Welkom benchmark against that in the Free State for the different housing delivery methods? Is there evidence that the poor are excluded from housing delivery in Welkom if the historical projects are considered? Is it possible to prove statistically that the poor are excluded from the subsidy? Is it practically possible to construct a 40 m2 house in a greenfield development in Welkom? The authors conclude that the challenge of housing as a right should be addressed at a policy level and not in a court of law. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]