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Technological innovations and acceptance in public housing and service delivery in South Africa

Implications for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Olorunfemi A. Olojede, Samuel B. Agbola, Kayode J. Samuel

01 June 2019

Sabinet African Journals


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South Africa

This paper, titled "Technological Innovations and Acceptance in Public Housing and Service Delivery in South Africa: Implications for the Fourth Industrial Revolution," explores the role of technological innovations in addressing South Africa's public housing and service delivery challenges. It examines how these innovations are crucial in preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and highlights the need for wider acceptance of such technologies among the public.

The paper delves into the significance of technological advancements, particularly Innovative Building Technologies (IBTs), as a means to combat South Africa's persistent housing backlog and service delivery issues. It acknowledges the pressing need for cost-effective solutions, especially as the government faces significant financial constraints in meeting the substantial housing demand projected to reach R800 billion by 2020.

Furthermore, the paper addresses the paradoxical resistance to IBTs despite their potential to align with the high-tech requirements of the impending Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). It highlights the obstacles stemming from social biases and misconceptions that hinder the successful implementation of IBTs, even though they have the potential to usher in a 4IR-compliant era in housing and service delivery. The paper ultimately advocates for measures to ensure future-proofed and 4IR-ready housing, emphasising the importance of reshaping public perceptions and attitudes towards technological innovations in the context of 4IR-driven housing and service delivery.


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Built environment




Human settlements


Industrial revolution

Innovative Technologies

Innovative building technologies




Public housing

Service delivery

South Africa


Technology and innovation

Urban and Regional Dynamics

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