“Mega Human settlements represent a decisive departure from uncoordinated, small scale, low impact, and sporadic as well as unsustainable housing developments. [The] goal must be to achieve diversity in human settlements by emphasizing mixed income, high density human settlements that place emphasis on social and economic inclusion, as well as promoting spatial justice.
The strategic outcome of Mega projects is captured by the Premier, as follows:
“[The] better management of our human settlement delivery efforts…will promote social and economic inclusion. In our view, a post-apartheid city must mirror our overall commitment to a society that is truly equal, where there is expanded access to socio-economic opportunities and where there is dignity and prosperity for all”.
There are five strategic pillars to Mega projects:
Development of Mixed Income Housing Typologies with social amenities.
The objective outcome here is to generate inclusive human settlements. In the main, this marks a departure from the RDP model which inadvertently legitimised apartheid by grouping the poor together in poor peripheral lands. Mixed Income housing entails a human settlement development that enables both the low and high income earners to live within or in close vicinity. This is broken down as follows:
Other forms meant to delivery inclusionary human settlement Mega projects include:
In summary therefore Mega Projects will display the following aspects: