GIS mapping and Analysis for informal settlement upgrading in Cape Town: A case study of Monwabisi Park



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Bosiu Edward Lefulebe, Cape Peninsula University of Technology , South Africa ,
Siddique Motala, Cape Peninsula University of Technology , South Africa,
Kevin Musungu, Cape Peninsula University of Technology , South Africa,


This paper specifically focuses on introducing GIS spatial analysis and the subsequent thematic mapping in relation with informal settlement upgrading based on information gathered from the residents of the informal settlement.

Furthermore, the application of GIS spatial analysis in different informal settlement problems is demonstrated. This research outlines the investigation of mapping and spatial analysis in Informal settlements upgrading using GIS, making use of five different analysis methods: Buffer analysis, thematic mapping, Thiessen polygons, distance mapping and Multi Criteria Evaluation.

The case study area is Monwabisi Park in Cape Town and the data was collected by Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU). The study has revealed that the use of indigenous knowledge in GIS analysis for upgrading could be very valuable in making scientific and alternate decision during informal settlement upgrading process.

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