Housing, urban poverty and vulnerability: A case study on the socioeconomic realities of Manenberg's backyarders

DirectorsMacculi, Iris
Master program titleMaster en Socioéconomie
Defense date2019

This dissertation explores the politically neglected and complex housing phenomenon of backyarding in Cape Town's township Manenberg by drawing on concepts of urban poverty and vulnerability. Census, community enumeration and qualitative data are evaluated with the aim to understand the motivations (positive choice vs. survival strategy) of backyarders behind the decision-making process concerning the choice for this form of housing and to depict the socioeconomic realities of backyarders shaped by their form of living, embedding the findings in a broader context of physical and social consequences for the residents and its environment. Irregular or the lack of income, as well as inadequate infrastructure, tenure insecurity, but also a high level of dependency and vulnerability have been identified as key challenges for the residents of backyard dwellings. Based deprivations, the inertia of the government and clashes of realities, a high level of frustration, perceived racial discrimination and mistrust towards the political institution have been developed. Acknowledging the potential of backyarding as a rental submarket, the findings urge for political action to address the negative outcomes through responses adapted to the needs and priorities of the communities in situ.

  • Backyarder
  • Housing
  • Poverty
  • Vulnerability
  • South Africa
  • Manenberg
Citation (ISO format)
ZIMMERMANN, Mariel Graziella. Housing, urban poverty and vulnerability: A case study on the socioeconomic realities of Manenberg’s backyarders. 2019.
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