The Built Environment

An Airport in the Central Karoo

Atkinson, D, Myles, P and Van Rooyen, D (2013), An Airport in the Central Karoo: The Feasibility and Potential Impacts of the Karoo Gateway Airport, Beaufort West. Unpublished commissioned report, Centre for Development Support, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein; Funded by the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands, Pretoria.   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  1. This report […]

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Earth construction methods for a community hall in Carnarvon Masters student,

Olivier, S (2010), Earth construction methods for a community hall in Carnarvon Masters student, Department of Architecture, University of the Free State. Powerpoint presentation. Click here to download    

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Evaluation of Farm Worker Sanitation Projects in the Northern Cape

Squires, A, Ingle, M and Atkinson, D (2002), “Evaluation of Farm Worker Sanitation Projects in the Northern Cape”, Unpublished report for Mvula Trust and Department of Water Affairs, Kimberley. Programme context The farm worker sanitation projects in the Northern Cape must be seen in the context of a much broader sanitation programme in that province. This […]

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Housing options and mining companies in arid areas

Cloete, JS (2009), Housing options and mining companies in arid areas: The case of Kathu, Northern Cape Province, MA thesis (Sociology), University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.   INTRODUCTION According to Marais and Venter (2006a), the link between mining, migrancy and housing was fairly well researched before 1994, but since 1994 there has been very little research […]

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Low-income housing policy in practice in arid and semi-arid South Africa

Marais L, Cloete, J, Matabesi Z, Sigenu K, Van Rooyen D (2010). Low-income housing policy in practice in arid and semi-arid South Africa: Policy lessons and implications. Journal of Arid Environments, 74: 1340-1344. Article can be accessed at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014019631000090X   Abstract The paradigms in respect of arid areas have shifted from efforts to prevent desertification […]

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Revalidating vernacular techniques for a sustainable built environment by way of selected examples in the Eastern Cape

Steenkamp, C (2012), Revalidating vernacular techniques for a sustainable built environment by way of selected examples in the Eastern Cape, Masters in Architecture thesis, University of the Free State.   Abstract Hassan Fathy, an Egyptian architect, held that architects are in a unique position to revive people’s faith in their own culture, and if, as […]

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Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo – Impacts on infrastructure and spatial planning

Shale gas development (SGD) is expected to have the following impacts: • Highly likely to be an incremental increase in the construction, upgrading and maintenance of road infrastructure with an associated increase in demand for scarce construction materials (including high quality gravel and water) and increased on-going road maintenance. • Highly likely to be increased […]

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The Benefits of Applying Vernacular Indigenous Building Techniques in Human Settlements

Steenkamp, C & Whitfield, KP (2012), The Benefits of Applying Vernacular Indigenous Building Techniques in Human Settlements: The Case of uMasizakhe Township, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape,. Human Settlements Review, Vol. 2. No 2   Abstract  The South African government has embarked on providing housing for the country‟s poor and underprivileged populace through the Reconstruction and Development […]

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The devil is in the detail: An analysis of the DBSA’s ‘Access to Sanitation’ indicator

Ingle, M (2009), The devil is in the detail: An analysis of the DBSA’s ‘Access to Sanitation’ indicator, The Journal of Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 5(2) 217-229. Abstract When using indicator values to measure change over an interval of time, the general understanding of the factor being analysed may have been modified during the […]

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