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  March 2010
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  New small-scale rental strategy promises to improve supply of affordable housing
  Shopping centres in township areas: Blessing or curse?
  Street trading in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality: realities and challenges
  The potential of informal land markets to reduce urban poverty
  World Urban Forum 2010
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New small-scale rental strategy promises to improve supply of affordable housing
A project undertaken by the Social Housing Foundation (SHF) and Urban LandMark aims to provide greater understanding of the small private dwelling rental (or small-scale rental) market within South Africa's human settlements policy framework. The official launch of the final strategy document took place on 11 February 2009 in Johannesburg.
 
Shopping centres in township areas: Blessing or curse?
Public opinion on the development of shopping malls in township areas seems to be divided. Some believe that these retail centres provide locals with a wider range of goods at a lower price, and play an important catalytic role in stimulating nodal development in the townships. Others feel that these centres undermine the survival and growth of local small enterprises.
 
Street trading in Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality: realities and challenges
Informal trading plays an important role in poverty reduction and absorbing unemployment. Recent media reports on the plight of street traders in some of the host cities during the forthcoming Soccer World Cup have also focused attention on this issue.
 
The potential of informal land markets to reduce urban poverty
In an article published in the International Development Planning Review, Dr Colin Marx of Kingston University in the United Kingdom argues that the results of formalisation initiatives in the informal land market have been less than impressive in practice.
 
The right to the City - Bridging the urban divide: World Urban Forum 5
The upcoming World Urban Forum, established by the United Nations in 2002, examines one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanisation and its impact. Mark Napier and Jonathan Diederiks from Urban Landmark will attend the conference and report back on the proceedings in the next issue of this newsletter.