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SWAZILAND: New approach to shanty towns gives residents rights and responsibilities

by Georgia | January 02, 2006

Mbabane, Swaziland - Rather than bulldozing the countries growing informal settlements, Swazi authorities plan to give residents property rights and access to services under a series of new urban development projects.

"We want beautiful houses, not those built with stick and mud," explained Elmond Tsabedze, a 60-year-old shop owner who lives in an informal settlement known as Mvakwelitje, which hugs the rocky mountain slopes overlooking the capital, Mbabane.

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