The South African housing backlog does not seem to have improved much since 1994, in fact it seems to have lost ground:
In fairness, the backlog didn’t just happen overnight. It didn’t suddenly happen that in 1994 a backlog of over a million houses miraculously came into being. Clearly this was inherited from the Apartheid era National Party. The Nationalist Party’s view was that the labour market was satisfied by migrant labour that did not need family style accommodation. So they didn’t build houses, or at least not that many, and the backlog basically built up over the forty years of their rule.
It would be unfair to blame the ANC for not eliminating the backlog in the fifteen years or so of their rule. It was and still is, a mammoth task. They claim to have built 3 million houses in the period 1994 to 2009 or so (an average of about 200 000 houses per annum) but whether true or not, that simply has not been enough. In 1994 the backlog was estimated to be 1.1 million. In 1995, the backlog was estimated to be growing at 178 000 p.a. and in 2011 the backlog was estimated to be in the region of 2.3 million.
SHOULD HAVES AND COULD HAVES:
The Direct Democracy Forum (the DDF) maintain that much more could have and should have been done. Much of the energy, finance and resources that went into the 2010 soccer world cup and the arms deal should have been directed at housing. Also, a better tax system (see TEAL) would have helped immeasurably.