Myths and realities of informal settlements: poverty traps or ladders?

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): I.Turok
KEYWORDS: INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, POVERTY, SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-july-to-sept-2015/myths-and-realities-of-informal-settlements
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Abstract

Swelling informal settlements are among the country's greatest social challenges. Shack dwellers are exposed to squalor and insecurity from living on unserviced and unauthorised land, which is a source of escalating frustration and angry protest. A coherent policy informed by whether these places serve a useful wider function is urgently needed, writes IvanTurok.