oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Housing for the urban bantu-a problem in whole engineering

Volume 4, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The provision of urban Bantu housing is a whole engineering project involving the teamwork of many specialists; the ultimate goal must be a compromise which takes into account as many of the various points of view as possible. Housing is a human problem starting with social and health considerations passing through the hands of the technician and ultimately ending as a problem of town management. Minimum standards of accommodation and minimum performance standards constitute the basic planning criteria of minimum housing. Socio-economic studies show a need for four classes of housing. Studies of costs show that the costs of building may be reduced much below those which existed in 1951. Contributions are made to these reductions in cost by improvements in the utilizations of labour and materials and the use of the Bantu for skilled work in constructing urban Bantu housing.

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