Score: 80

All answers

Question Answer Description Datasource and Evidence Comment
Is there a clear breakdown of budgets reserved for informal settlement upgrading in the city's capital budget? Strong Evidence

City governments should clearly indicate the proportion of capital budgets, like the Urban Settlements Development Grant, is reserved for informal settlement upgrading.

IDP 2021/26 R3 billion + allocated for the 2021/22 financial year
Does the budget align with the municipal targets for upgrading informal settlements? Partial Evidence

There should be a clear alignment between the strategy and the budgets allocated to implement that strategy.

IDP 2021/26 The budget aligns with targets over the MTEF period to an extent, however ambiguous figures are provided for backlog
What percentage of municipal capital budget is reserved for upgrading informal settlements? Strong Evidence

City governments should clearly indicate the proportion of capital budgets, like the Urban Settlements Development Grant, is reserved for informal settlement upgrading.

IDP 2021/26 USDG/ISUPG 22,6% of capital budget
Is there a clear statement of the assessment and categorisation of informal settlements? Strong Evidence

The HDA has developed guidelines to assess informal settlements. The following categories are used: A: Full upgrade - consisting of full services, top-structures and formal tenure B1: Interim basic services - where/full upgradingis feasible but not imminent B2: Emergency basic services - Where full upgrading is not viable or appropriate C: Relocations - Where there are urgent health or safety threats

IDP 2021/26 "Completed: 17% Full upgrade (A)/ Interim services (B1)/ Emergency services (B2): 69% Relocation (C): 14% "
Is the rapid assessment and categorisation an appropriate response to the nature and extent of informality? Partial Evidence

Determining the appropriateness of the city government's assessment and categorisation is a qualitative appraisal by Isandla Institute

IDP 2021/26 Reference is made to settlement categories in the 2020/2021 IDP review, however there is little evidence of the extent to which settlements have been assessed and categorised since 2019/2020
Has a systematic assessment and categorisation of informal settlements been carried out? Strong Evidence

HDA guidelines recommend that city governments conduct a rapid assessment and categorisation of informal settlements.

IDP 2021/26 Yes, this is inlcuded in the 2019/2020 BEPP
Does the council have an official informal settlements upgrading strategy? Strong Evidence

Every city should have an informal settlement upgrading strategy articulated in their core municipal doucmentation.

IDP 2021/26 The Formalisation of Informal Settlements Programme under the Joburg Human Settlement Strategy
Is the city council's adopted strategy appropriate response to the scale of informality? Partial Evidence

This indicator is a qualitative assessment by Isandla Institute when taking into account the nature of the upgrading strategy.

IDP 2021/26 It is unclear how appropriate the strategy is for the scale of informality
Is the essence of the upgrading strategy upfront apparent? Strong Evidence

Every strategy should be clearly state, without ambiguity and uncertainty, what the city's strategy of upgrading informal settlements is. In this way, citizens can hold their governments to account.

IDP 2021/26 The development strategy is to conclude existing projects already underway and to align new in-situ development projects to the SDF policy imperatives for integrated and sustainable human settlements before new capital investment is allocated.
Has a department been assigned to take responsibility for the strategy? Strong Evidence

A leading department needs to take responsibility for the strategy.

IDP 2021/26 Housing department
Is there a clear indication of the extent of housing demand/ backlog? Strong Evidence

It is important to know if the city government is prioritising housing as a response to informal settlements.

IDP 2021/26 381 481
How many houses are delivered per annum? Partial Evidence

Knowing the annual housing delivery rate will provide evidence of whether the city government can meet the needs of informal settlements through the conventional housing programme.

IDP 2021/26 1000 targeted from 0 baseline from previous year
Timeframe to eradicate backlog conventionally (years) Partial Evidence

This indicator seeks to understand if the city government can realistically deliver each informal settlement household a house in a reasonable (<15 years) time period

IDP 2021/26 130 +/- years
# HH living in informal settlements Partial Evidence

The number of households residing in informal settlements across the entire city.

IDP 2021/26 455600+
# of IS (smallest unit defined) Strong Evidence

Informal settlements are differently defined by cities, and are sometimes called settlements, pockets, or clusters. The number presented here is the smallest measurable unit.

IDP 2021/26 211
Annual IS growth rate Partial Evidence

The growth rate of informal settlements is calculated by comparing census 2001 and 2011 data.

IDP 2021/26 1.81%
% of municipal population Partial Evidence

This figure represents the proportion of the city's population living in informal settlements. In other words, one in ten people live in an informal settlement.

IDP 2021/26 21% of the population live in informal dwellings
% of Provincial total Partial Evidence

This figure indicates that 41% of informal settlements in the Eastern Cape Province is located in East London.

IDP 2021/26 46%
# of people living in informal settlements Strong Evidence

By multiplying the number of households with the city's average household size according to census 2011 data, we get a sense of how many people live in informal settlements

IDP 2021/26 547200+ registered on the National Housing Needs Register

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Reviewer   Isandla Institute
Submitters   Joe Totana
Last modified   Tue Oct 12 2021 09:06:42 GMT+0000 (UTC)