Understanding the complexities of spontaneous settlements emerging in close proximity to landfill sites : a case study of Kennedy Road settlement, eThekwini Municipality.
Mogano, Jeconitta Mohlago.
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This study adopted both the qualitative and quantitative research approaches to understand the complexities of spontaneous settlements emerging in the proximity of landfill sites using the Kennedy Road settlement as a case study because of its proximity to the Bisasar Road Landfill site; both the settlement and the landfill site are located within the EThekwini municipality. Spontaneous settlements are a common phenomenon in South Africa and have become part of the urban landscape. The dynamics influencing the location of spontaneous settlements to risky areas like landfill sites have not been adequately examined in literature; therefore, this study aimed to investigate the realities of the Kennedy Road settlement with a broader view of bringing insights for a progressive planning approach that accommodates urban home seekers. The study found that, while Kennedy Road, in common with other spontaneous settlements in South Africa, lacks basic services and infrastructure, the settlement is also highly exposed to the harmful effects of the landfill including, amongst many other factors, dust, bad odours and noise. The study also found that the main factor that influences the emergence and continuous growth of spontaneous settlements in South Africa is convenient and easy access to urban environments that offer many opportunities such as employment and housing on urban landscapes at very low costs.