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Visible, yet unknown: Reflections on second-home development in South Africa

Conclusion

This paper has set out to plot some of the current trends and issues associated with second-home development in South Africa. It was argued that whilst second homes are not new to this country, they nevertheless comprise a phenomenon that has for a number of reasons remained invisible to the scholarly gaze. The discussion provided a brief geography of the localities where second-home development has been taking place and the different types of consumption—and production-led migration systems that underpin these developments. On the whole such second-home development in South Africa is, as is so often the case elsewhere, concentrated along its coastline. It was noted that a number of regions have experienced the impacts of such development, with large concentrations found in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. What is clear from this discussion is that second homes are, at least for the time being, properties that fulfil a holiday function, with weekend homes and those associated with retirement seldom being the main reason for such developments. Indeed, second-home development in South Africa is mainly linked to the family holiday home. Although these properties are mainly owned by South Africans, a discernible increase in foreign interest in second homes in this country is starting to emerge. This, it was argued, has led to a range of impacts, many of which are not desirable to the host community. Whilst there is currently a remarkable silence concerning the impact of second homes, the issue of foreign ownership might focus attention on the broader issues surrounding this phenomenon.

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Visser, G. Visible, yet unknown: Reflections on second-home development in South Africa. Urban Forum 14, 379–407 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12132-003-0020-y

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  • Foreign Ownership
  • Urban Forum
  • Western Cape Province
  • South African Context
  • Tourism Consumption