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The case of Abidjan, Ivory Coast

This report is part of a set of studies of slum conditions, policies and strategies, commissioned and compiled in preparation for the United Nations Global Report on Human Settlements 2003 – The Challenge of Slums. The case study cities were selected by an expert group assembled by UN-Habitat to design and prepare the first draft of the Global Report in January 2002. Care was taken to achieve a representative geographical distribution, a spread of city sizes and ‘levels of development’. The availability…

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Street trading in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality: Realities and challenges

South Africa’s informal sector is growing in line with the rate of unemployment, as people seek ways to sustain themselves. People resort to this sector because the barriers to entry and the technical expertise needed to run an informal business are minimal. It is a sector of concern to the government as scholars acknowledge the existence of the informal traders, and a fight to integrate them with the formal business stream has ensued. This document reports the findings of a research study on informal/ street traders in…

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Incrementally Securing Tenure: An Approach for Informal Settlement Upgrading in South Africa

Informal urban land markets are operating in the parts of our cities in which poorer people live. Although they function well in the short term and provide access to land, their effectiveness is limited, including locking poor people into marginal locations. Urban LandMark advocates opening up more officially recognised channels of land supply as a primary means for improving the pro-poor functioning of urban land markets. Increased tenure security in informal settlements is the first step towards official recognition. Once greater tenure security…

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An urban slice of pie: the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act in South Africa

Security of tenure had very little meaning for the vast majority of South Africans as Nelson Mandela walked out of Pollsmoor prison. Told what citizenship to have by apartheid, where to live by the Group Areas Act, liable to eviction at the whim of any landlord or security force and easily arrested for trespass, black South Africans faced often insurmountable legal obstacles in establishing their right to occupy their own land. outh Africans also found that their recently bought houses could easily be attached and sold by mortgage holders…

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