Town Planning Review

Gated communities in South Africa: The challenge for spatial planning and land use management

Town Planning Review (2004), 75, (2), 151–172.

Abstract

Gated communities have proliferated in South Africa since 1994. However, they cause a number of problems and raise serious concerns regarding spatial fragmentation, social exclusion, citizenship and democracy. This paper investigates their implications for spatial planning and land use management in post-apartheid South Africa. It concludes that it is irrelevant to consider gated communities as a meta concept. The paper calls for different approaches to different types of gated communities in order to begin to address some of the contemporary challenges.

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Landman, Karina