Human Settlements


Respond systematically, to entrenched spatial patterns across all geographic scales that exacerbate social inequality and economic inefficiency.

In addressing these patterns we must take account of the unique needs and potentials of different rural and urban areas in the context of emerging development corridors in the southern African subregion.

The state will review its housing policies to better realise constitutional housing rights, ensure that the delivery of housing is to be used to restructure towns and cities and strengthen the livelihood prospects of households.

Active citizenship in the field of spatial development will be supported and incentivised through a range of interventions including properly funded, citizen-led neighbourhood vision and planning processes and the introduction of social compacts from neighbourhood to city level.

Planning in South Africa will be guided by a set of normative principles to create spaces that are liveable, equitable, sustainable, resilient and efficient, and support economic opportunities and social cohesion.

South Africa will develop a national spatial framework and resolve the current deficiencies with the local system of integrated development planning and progressively develop the governance and administrative capability to undertake planning at all scales.


  • Strong and efficient spatial planning system, well integrated across the spheres of government.
  • Upgrade all informal settlements on suitable, well located land by 2030.
  • More people living closer to their places of work.
  • Better quality public transport.
  • More jobs in or close to dense, urban
  • townships.



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