In 2015, the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements embarked on a project to create profiles of municipalities’ housing demand.
The study collected data from numerous sources (e.g. Stats SA, the WC Housing Demand Database, the WC Housing Demand Subsidy System, social infrastructure data, etc.) and combined this data into a central database.
The web-based system enabled the researchers to generate meaningful indicators by combining this information. The data could then be aggregated up from municipal to district and provincial levels. The system was built with a user-friendly report writing tool, that enabled end-users to easily generate customised reports for any municipality at the click of a button.