Diepsloot is known for its densely populated informal settlement serviced through communal taps, toilets and no electricity.
The area was established as a transition zone for migrant workers in 1994, however, the township continues to deteriorate and that highlights the plight of population density and poor service delivery.
After 702Breakfast's visit to the area, Bongani Bingwa chats to New Cities New Economies author Dr Tshilidzi Ratshitanga to try and find ways the government respond to urban migration.
I have written the book on what South Africa and other African countries can do to respond to a real development that sees many people moving to cities. The central question is whether governments are planning for this urban migration.— Dr Tshilidzi Ratshitanga, Author - New Cities New Economies
As people migrate to cities to look for economic opportunities, they end up in informal settlements with deplorable living conditions, he explains.
We need governments that can plan for urbanisation that is projected to take place. We need to think of ways to create new urban settlements that will decongest people.— Dr Tshilidzi Ratshitanga, Author - New Cities New Economies
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