The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 74 (1996) > Issues > Issue 19 > Recent Developments in Providing Houses of Masonry Construction in South Africa
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Recent Developments in Providing Houses of Masonry Construction in South Africa

One of the major challenges facing the new South Africa is that of providing shelter for its burgeoning urban population. Current estimates of housing needs vary considerably because of the differences in assumptions on which they are based. One of the most authoritative commissions in recent years, the de Loor Commission, concluded that the existing housing backlog is 1 299 000 units and the number of shelters to be put up for new family formations amounts to 198 000 units p.a. Thus in order to provide for new family formation and to eradicate the existing backlog over 10 years, approximately 300 000 units have to be provided p.a. R.B. Watermeyer

Author(s): Watermeyer, R B

Keywords: south africa;housing;masonry;construction work;building regulations;foundations;soils;walls;panels;deflection;joints