In 2005, South Africa launched the N2 Gateway Housing Pilot Project, a national housing program which targeted informal settlements alongside the N2 national route in an attempt to upgrade informal settlements by constructing affordable housing. This Independent Study focuses on the Joe Slovo informal settlement located in Cape Town, South Africa. The Joe Slovo informal settlement was dismantled at the start of the N2 Gateway project. In an effort to contextualize the Joe Slovo example, this Study examines South African and Capetonian histories and evolving housing policies and approaches in regards to informal settlement growth and eradication. South African housing policies have progressed and developed, particularly in the post-apartheid era. However, improper policy implementation has continued to bring about inequality for the state and perpetuates the disenfranchisement of the poor and non-whites in South Africa. The Joe Slovo example provides context for the complexities of state and city housing programs compared to the planning’s implementation and its effects on South African citizens.


Sene, Ibra


Global and International Studies


Social History | Urban Studies and Planning


Informal Settlement, South Africa, Joe Slovo

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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