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dc.contributor.authorZunguzane, Nyameka
dc.contributor.authorSmallwood, John
dc.contributor.authorEmuze, Fidelis
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-20T17:53:47Z
dc.date.available2016-07-20T17:53:47Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.citationZunguzane, N., Smallwood, J., & Emuze, F. (2012). Perceptions of the quality of low-income houses in South Africa: Defects and their causes. Acta Structilia, 19(1), 19-38.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2415-0487 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1023-0564 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/3503
dc.description.abstractEnglish: A number of low-income houses recently built in South Africa are reportedly defective. The sheer number of low-income houses that failed to conform to quality expectations, especially in certain provinces, has become a source of concern for the national Department of Human Settlements (DHS) and other construction industry stakeholders. This article assesses issues related to non-conformance to quality requirements in low-income houses from the perspective of both owners and contractors. A quantitative survey was conducted among housing beneficiaries in a post-1994 township in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The initial findings were further complemented with the perceptions of contractors registered with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC). Selected findings suggest that the principal causes of defects in low-income houses is perceived to be related to the use of emerging contractors who are presumably not experienced enough, and to the use of unskilled labour by the contractors. By implication, the respondents were of the opinion that poor workmanship could be the primary cause of defects in low-income houses. It can, therefore, be argued that, apart from adequate monitoring and inspection of projects, stakeholders in the form of emerging contractors and their labour should endeavour to improve their competencies pertaining to quality.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractAfrikaans: ‘n Aantal lae-koste huise in Suid-Afrika wat onlangs gebou is, het verskeie foute. Die groot aantal lae-koste huise wat nie aan die kwaliteitsverwagtinge voldoen nie, raak ‘n kommer vir die nasionale Departement van Behuising en ander aandeelhouers in die konstruksiebedryf. Hierdie artikel wys aspekte aan, uit die perspektief van die huiseienaars asook die kontrakteurs/aannemers, wat nie aan die kwaliteitsvereistes vir lae-koste huise voldoen nie. ‘n Kwantitatiewe opname is gedoen onder huiseienaars in ‘n na-1994 woonbuurt in Port Elizabeth in die Oos-Kaap. Die finale bevindinge is ook verkry uit die persepsies van kontrakteurs wat by die Nasionale Huisbouers Registrasie Raad (NHRR) geregistreer is. Bevindinge wys daarop dat die hoofoorsaak van foute in lae-koste huise te wyte is aan die gebruik van onervare opkomende kontrakteurs wat onopgeleide arbeiders in diens neem. Die respondente het swak vakmanskap uitgewys as die hoofoorsaak van foute in lae-koste huise. Daar kan aanbeveel word dat opkomende kontrakteurs hul vaardighede/bekwaamheid in projekinspeksies asook arbeidskwaliteit behoort te verhoog.af
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectConstructionen_ZA
dc.subjectContractorsen_ZA
dc.subjectLow-income housingen_ZA
dc.subjectOwnersen_ZA
dc.subjectQualityen_ZA
dc.titlePerceptions of the quality of low-income houses in South Africa: defects and their causesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA


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