Main Article Content

Health and Safety Concerns among Beneficiaries of a Housing Scheme in South Africa

Tim Zamuxolo Mkuzo
Thokozile Mayekiso
Calvin Gwandure


Housing provision remains a challenge, with the South African government responding with housing schemes to benefit low-income groups. The aim of the study was to assess the health and safety concerns of beneficiaries. A qualitative approach was used to assess the views of beneficiaries regarding health and safety promotion and injury prevention. Fortyfive participants from three provinces were beneficiaries of a low-cost housing scheme. Their interview responses were analysed using thematic content analysis. Beneficiaries had concerns about the quality of the houses and the associated health and safety risks. Participants showed a negative attitude towards their properties, despite accepting delivery after a long wait. Future studies could focus on improving housing standards and inspecting building structures during construction. Similar studies should explore the influence of politics on housing delivery and the provision of municipal services.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1995-641X
print ISSN: 0256-2804