Using low-cost housing projects as a mechanism for skills transfer and job creation. a case study of national youth build programme in Ivory Park, Johannesburg South Africa.
Zulu, Lungile Precious.
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South Africa is faced with a various challenges such as youth unemployment, lack of skills and shortage of housing. In this study it is hypothesised that greenfields low-cost housing projects can be used as a platform to create employment, empower community and provide skills for sustainable livelihood. In presenting the research study, the research problem has been identified, as youth unemployment, shortage of critical construction skills, high levels of poverty and inequality. The identified challenges are believed to be interrelated. In the carrying out of research, methodology has been provided in terms of how the study was undertaken. Literature relevant to the study has been reviewed. International models of housing delivery programmes aiming to develop youth have been presented and discussed. The background of the case study, research conducted through interviews with government officials and focus group discussions with youth participants has been presented. Research findings, analysis and recommendations have been tabled. The findings reveal that National Youth build programme implemented through low-cost housing construction project has great success and positive impact post project implementation. The conclusion presented supports the notion that greenfields housing delivery is able to provide employment, skills transfer to its youth participants and boost local economy.