Original Research

A co-production model for the South African housing sector

Hlengiwe P. Maila, Lianne P. Malan, Adrino Mazenda
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 12, No 1 | a800 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v12i1.800 | © 2024 Hlengiwe P. Maila, Lianne P. Malan, Adrino Mazenda | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 October 2023 | Published: 10 April 2024

About the author(s)

Hlengiwe P. Maila, School of Public Management and Administration, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Lianne P. Malan, School of Public Management and Administration, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Adrino Mazenda, School of Public Management and Administration, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Background: The public housing delivery practices in South Africa are fragmented, resulting in various outcomes concerning housing delivery. There is a pressing need to overhaul public housing delivery that puts citizens at the core of the delivery process.

Aim: The current state-led model of delivering housing is not effective and by design, the model for housing delivery should include the participation of beneficiaries. The aim was to develop a co-production model for housing delivery.

Setting: The article focused on the housing sector in South Africa.

Methods: A qualitative research approach and grounded theory as research design was used. Instruments were document analysis and semi-structured interviews with participants who are stakeholders in housing co-production. Data collected was analysed through inductive thematic analysis.

Results: The results suggested a self-reliant approach to housing delivery, which is demand driven with the state as a facilitator and not the provider of housing. The model for housing should have a component that does not perpetuate a culture of dependency and entitlement but promotes the concept of co-production.

Conclusion: The article explored the possibility of introducing a co-production model for housing delivery model in South Africa. It was established that the role of government must shift to that of an enabler and facilitator instead of a provider of housing.

Contribution: This proposed model contributes towards the body of knowledge in terms of promoting public service delivery and performance (in this instance in the housing sector) in South Africa as a country situated in Africa.


Keywords

co-production; collaboration; public participation; public housing delivery; human settlements delivery.

JEL Codes

G28: Government Policy and Regulation; I38: Government Policy • Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs; Q37: Issues in International Trade; R28: Government Policy; R38: Government Policy

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

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