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CSIR Research Published in Investment Potential Atlas for Human Settlements
Source: CSIR
Source Date: Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 07, 2010

The overall aim of the atlas series is to provide a spatial interpretation of current policies regarding the establishment of sustainable human settlements and specifically settlement locality," explains CSIR project leader Helga Goss.

The atlas can be used to:

  • Give a spatial dimension of national housing policy
  • Give input into integrated settlement planning at a national scale
  • Set provincial and district settlement planning in a national spatial context.

The Investment Potential Atlas 2009 is published by the Department of Human Settlements.

"The main spatial challenge in South Africa continues to be the spatial exclusion of the poor from the main socio-economic facilities of cities and regions. Locations close to employment areas, opportunities and services are not accessible to all people because of issues such as high land costs, limits to planning instruments and subsidies, and limited bulk infrastructure in appropriate places," Goss comments.

"The outcome of our analyses is an investment potential profile, to say what shelter type and supportive services should be built where, in the most suitable location that is likely to have the highest potential to support sustainable human settlements," says Goss.

The three main outputs are:

  • A spatial quality of life index (productive life; shelter; safety; health)
  • A spatial quality of place index (viability; diversity; accessibility; efficiency and protection of resource use)
  • A differentiated settlement investment potential profile, linked to recommended types of housing and supportive service investments for each type of area.

The atlas features a comprehensive set of spatial maps of the country, showing different circumstances and potentials of provinces and regions.


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