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2013

Contentious property bill heads for public comment
The controversial expropriation bill is back on the table following the Cabinet's approval of a rewritten bill, which it is to publish for public comment with the assurance that the unconstitutional clauses had been addressed.

Zimbabwe's urban housing crisis
With rural-to-urban migration increasing in Zimbabwe and urban squatter camps growing, the shortage of affordable public housing has become a contentious issue.

Shacks are the new normal
A university study has highlighted the challenges facing the urban poor - and proposed ways to make the best of all they are likely to get.

Solving the urban land crisis
In an article published in The New Age today, Urban LandMark's Mark Napier and Stephen Berrisford argue that the way in which the urban land market operates in South Africa is a crucially important determinant of how, or whether, poor citizens can improve their circumstances.

Floating schools and green mortgages: Constructions to help the urban poor
As slums, schools, and homes are designed and built in cities across the developing world, the urban poor are making use of new and innovative approaches to construction. Sustainability is not the only prerequisite for success; community input and collective decision-making, for instance, contribute to more favorable outcomes. Can these techniques be used successfully in other cities?

Squeeze on financing for affordable housing
The deteriorating creditworthiness and affordability among South Africans has affected the appetite for advance loans for affordable houses, according to Nedbank's affordable-housing head Jeff Lawrence.

Extend formal residential property market and improve affordability at lower end, says Urban LandMark in Housing in Southern Africa of February 2013
Urban LandMark's research on township residential property markets is featured in the February 2013 issue of Housing in Southern Africa magazine.

February 2013 issue of Housing in Southern Africa highlights the urban developmental benefits of shopping centers in 'townships'
Urban LandMark emphasises the importance of developing shopping centres in 'townships areas' through an approach that supports rather than neglects, or undermines, the needs of local business in Housing Southern Africa February 2013.

Extend formal residential property market and improve affordability at lower end, says Urban LandMark in Housing in Southern Africa of February 2013
Urban LandMark's research on township residential property markets is featured in the February 2013 issue of Housing Southern Africa magazine.

Urban LandMark guide on managing urban land in housing magazine
Urban LandMark recently developed a guide to assist municipal practitioners involved in urban land governance to carry out their functions in ways that ensure pro-poor outcomes in the urban land market. An article published in the January 2013 issue of Housing Southern Africa magazine, based on an interview with Urban LandMark Governance Theme Coordinator Stephen Berrisford, explains the background to and aims of the research that resulted in the publication of Managing Urban Land: A guide for municipal practitioners.

South Africa 'two-thirds urbanised'
Two-thirds of South Africa's population now lives in urban areas, according to the most recent survey of the country released by the South African Institute of Race Relations in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The data in the survey comes from the World Bank.

Bus rapid transit and urban development in Latin America
Latin American cities have been leaders in the implementation of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems - a transportation mode often characterised by infrastructure improvements that prioritise transit over other vehicles and allow quick vehicle access. This article by Daniel Rodriguez and Erik Tovar, published in the January 2013 issue of the journal Land Lines, investigates the relationship between BRT and urban development in Latin America.

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