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Low Cost Housing

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Government aided housing schemes have always been contentious in South Africa. The most built and controversial type being the sub-economic house type NE 51/9 ('Non-European, version 9 of 1951), built across the country to houses the growing black component of South African cities in the 40's and 50's. Developed to be cost effective, adaptable and 'sociably acceptable' in the sense apartheid planners understood the term. It made for monotone housing, one matchbox to a plot in endless waves. These cubic houses were constructed using brick with asbestos roof sheeting and soil floors except in the kitchen and bathroom (these had the luxury if concrete slabs). Recently new housing schemes using private enterprise has delivered in many cases in less habitable housing in the form of two roomed mono-pitch concrete block, corrugated iron roofed houses.

Buildings on this website in Low Cost Housing style