oa CSIR Science Scope - Monitoring informal settlements in South Africa using remote sensing : research and development

Volume 3, Issue 2
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Informal settlements are common physical entities within the makeup of South African cities. These settlements have increased in number from 1,049 million dwellings (in 1994) to 1,376 million (in 2004), and are projected to continue increasing to some 2,4 million in 2008. The existence of informal settlements is fast becoming a serious problem since they accommodate a large proportion of the urban population who live in sub-standard living conditions.

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