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Title:An historical perspective of the problem of housing and some attempted solutions in the city of Mutare (1890-2002)
Author:Mapira, JemitiasISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Volume:31
Issue:1-2
Pages:80-103
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills., maps
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:urban housing
History, Archaeology
Mutare (Zimbabwe)--History
housing
Cities and towns--Growth
population
External link:https://ir.uz.ac.zw/bitstream/handle/10646/471/05-Mapira.pdf
Abstract:Based on surveys conducted in July and August 2002, this article discusses the complexity of the housing problem in the city of Mutare, provincial capital of Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. Taking a historical perspective, it shows the colonial origins of the crisis, discusses postcolonial strategies that have been employed to address the problem and evaluates their effectiveness. Postindependence housing strategies have included employer assisted schemes, housing cooperatives, private developer participation, rental accommodation, core housing, pay-for-your-stand-to-be-serviced schemes and donor funded projects. However, the demand for shelter, especially low-cost housing, has remained high and continues to increase. Waiting lists, lodgers and illegal structures have increased in number. The worst accommodation crisis is to be found in the low-income, high-density suburbs, such as Sakubva, Chikanga, Dangamvur and Hobhouse, where over 80 percent of Mutare's population lives. Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions to the problem of shelter and more concerted efforts from government, municipality and the private sector are required. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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