It is estimated that there are more than 9 million families in South Africa. Approximately, 13 percent of all South Africans live in shacks or other informal dwelling structures. Yet, the government has not come up with any workable plan to get people into housing. Storage containers are one of the ways that people are taking steps to secure their own housing.
Cost of Housing in South Africa
There is some disagreement about how much the average worker makes in South Africa. BankservAfrica’s Disposable Salary Index shows that the average worker brings home about R13,790 while the average rent can easily be R10,694. Therefore, rent can easily be more than 77 percent of a person’s take-home pay. Buying a home is even more out of reach for many people in the country, and there is almost no government help to buy a home. Adding to the problem, the unemployment rate across the country is nearly 30 percent.
Storage Containers are an Affordable Solution
Many South Africans are finding that storage containers are affordable solutions. Many smaller storage containers can be rented for as little as R4,000 a month. Often, storage units are put together to create larger units to create larger units. The outside is often finished with porches while siding can be added to the outside. Windows can also be added allowing people to enjoy great views.
Cost to Construct
The cost to construct storage container homes in South Africa varies by the amenities placed in them. Generally, they are about 50 percent cheaper than the average brick-and-mortar home to construct. People buying these homes also get the advantage of knowing that they are taking care of the environment because the containers were once used to ship merchandise.
Other Storage Container Uses
While storage container homes are quickly becoming a hot trend in the country where housing is in very short supply, there are many other buildings being constructed using the containers. Businesses and medical clinics are starting to use them. In fact, one shopping center is being constructed using only shipping containers.
Additional housing is a huge need in South Africa where rent often takes a majority of a working person’s income. Therefore, renting or buying storage containers and converting them into housing is becoming a hot trend. These homes can be very beautiful because of the work that can be done on their inside and outside.