PROVISION AND ACCESSIBILITY OF LAND, HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES DEVELOPMENT IN SECONDARY COMMERCIAL CENTRES – A CASE STUDY OF MLOLONGO

ABSTRACT

The study sought to assess provision and accessibility of land, housing and infrastructure done in Mlolongo Township. The township is divided into old Mlolongo which is the commercial centre and the residential areas of Ngwata I, Ngwata 2A, Ngwata 2B, Ngwata III and Kasina. A case study of Ngwata I was taken as the focus was on the residential part of the township.

The study sought to identify Land, housing and infrastructural development situation in Mlolongo. It also sought to establish the existing road network, assess activities connected and its adequacy. The study also sought to examine accessibility challenges, includes the institutional framework and policy aspects.

The study looked at land ownership issues, Demographic characteristics, type of buildings and the types and levels of infrastructural development in the township. It also looked at the level of service provision especially with regard to distance, time and cost. The road network was critically looked at to determine the level of accessibility within the township. The effectiveness of the municipal council of Mavoko in planning of the township was looked at, as well as the level of participation of the local community.

The study found out that Mlolongo had a high population growth rate with a huge migrant population that led to high demand for infrastructure services. There was also inadequate provision of infrastructure services. It also established that there were institutional and legal hiccups that hindered the smooth implementation of development control within the settlement. Assessment of provision and accessibility of land, housing and infrastructure services in the settlement revealed that there was informal land tenure, high need for housing and poor development of infrastructure services in the township.    There are development control challenges present.

The study concluded that there was need to plan the township and to come up with programmes and projects to provide accessibility and adequate land, housing and infrastructure services development within the township.