Sustainable low-income housing: Exploring housing and governance issues in the Gauteng City Region, South Africa

Zenkosi Dumile Mhlongo, Trynos Gumbo, Innocent Musonda, Thembani Moyo

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Amidst the global discourse on the provision of low-income housing, there has been a growth in studies to assess the governance issues related to the sustainability of housing delivery. Despite housing policy and legislative frameworks existing in developing countries, several governance issues have limited the sustainability of housing delivery mechanisms. Therefore, this study aims to unpack housing delivery approaches through the lens of governance. Adopting an exploratory approach, this study seeks to understand strategic and operational approaches used by government institutions to promote collaborative strategies in the planning and delivery of housing projects. Empirical data is used to understand mechanisms, processes and systems involved in the planning and delivery of low-income housing projects, using the Gauteng City Region as an area of study. The findings reveal there is that there is a limited understanding of the concept of governance within public sector institutions. Additionally, the institutional arrangements of the three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) have an impact in the delivery processes of low-income housing projects. A shift is important in the understanding and application of governance principles in housing policy and programme implementation to realise the value of governance. This study concludes with implications for policy and academics highlighting the role of stakeholder participation, transparency, and accountability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUrban Governance
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


  • Governance
  • Low-income housing
  • Project governance
  • Stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Sociology and Political Science


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