Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT)

Exploring the living conditions at Ezakheleni informal settlement, Durban metropolis of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa with an upscaling motive

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posted on 2022-01-06, 11:10 authored by Busisiwe Nkonki-Mandleni, Abiodun Olusola Omotayo
The living conditions of the residence of the informal settlements around the African continent remain one of the most expressed pervasive human right violation. It is therefore a fact and a respect of human rights that informal settlements be revitalized to meet basic standards of individuals and households’ dignity. Recognizing this, and mobilizing all the principal actors within a shared human rights paradigm, can make the 2030 upgrading agenda achievable.The survey that translated into this study was carried out through the adoption of multi stage sampling procedure with a well-structured questionnaires in year 2018, from some selected households in the eZakheleni informal settlement, Durban metropolis of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. The utilized questionnaires were divided into different relevant sections to capture the households living condition, these sections were thus highlighted: respondent's demographic characteristics, households’ level characteristics, dwelling level characteristics, settlement level characteristics, effect of some intervention efforts/programs in the community, coping strategies with hunger and current day erratic weather conditions and assessment of the living conditions. More so, the administered questionnaires were printed in English language and translated into the local language of the participants during the interview, this was done in order to ease the understanding of the subject matter by the selected participants. A sum of 255 complete questionnaires made up the dataset in the project, the sum of compiled data was quite representative of the residents of the informal settlement. The dataset is herewith made available as it is considered useful for showcasing the state of the informal settlement hence, possible way forward for urban upgrade policy implication and recommendations.


The funding for the dataset was obtained from the IRDCE, MUT, South Africa.