n IMIESA - Municipal infrastructure for human settlements : human settlements

Volume 41, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0257-1978



HUMAN SETTLEMENTS should, by definition, be places of convenience and solace. And, regardless of whether a human settlement is of suburban standard or of township standard, its inhabitants should be able to carry out their daily activities conveniently, consistently and affordably. Inconvenient environments, such as informal settlements, restrict lifestyles, reduce choices and build frustration, resulting in service delivery protests. This means, to sustain progress, urban planners and engineers should ensure the necessary infrastructure be put in place regardless of environment, with the only differentiator being the size, cost and quality of houses and other improvements (e.g. gardens, swimming pools, etc.).

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