Causes of informal settlements in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality: An exploration

Noah K. Marutlulle

Abstract


This article aims to explore the causes of informal settlements in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM). The article strongly challenges the view that the cause of informal settlements in EMM and other parts of South Africa is predominantly the apartheid government and agrees with literature which provides evidence that to a larger extent, the present government, not the apartheid government, is one of the dominant causes of informal settlements. The article further establishes a common and fertile ground for the convergence of the different views and perspectives into variables which, in addition to the present government, include population growth, government economic policies, economic variables, housing shortage, unavailability of land and unaffordability as the real causes of informal settlements in EMM.


Keywords


Informal settlements; slums; shacks; squatter camps

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v5i1.131

Submitted: 13 January 2017
Published: 15 August 2017




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