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The Community Law Centre (CLC), based at the University of the Witwatersrand, and the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) conducted a joint research project through focus groups and interviews with government officials at national, provincial and local level on the lack of access to housing for the poor. The organisations also facilitated a roundtable dialogue between civil society and government on the research findings.

Three different focus group discussions in three communities in the two provinces - Winnie Mandela Informal Settlement, located in Tembisa on the East Rand, Gauteng and Mandela Park in Khayelitsha and Blue Downs in Belhar, Western Cape were conducted.

The seminar included government officials from the provincial and municipal levels, civil society groups and communities with housing problems. The seminar presented a rare opportunity for the civil society groups to engage with officials from the Department of Settlement/ Housing in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

The report has been disseminated to academics, policy makers, decision makers, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.

Download the report, ‘Jumping the Queue’, Waiting Lists and other Myths: Perceptions and Practice around Housing Demand and Allocation in South Africa.