Tag Archives | informal settlement upgrading

Everything Fell into Place

The following narrative is part of a broader and in-depth documentation of the Ruo Emoh project. This documentation includes a video and booklet and is the result of collaborative efforts between the SA SDI Alliance, People’s Environmental Planning, UCT & University of Basel Master students (part of the City Research Studios hosted by African Centre […]

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Together We Can Achieve More: Solidarity as a Key to Community Building

The following narrative is part of a broader and in-depth documentation of the Ruo Emoh project. This documentation includes a video and booklet and is the result of collaborative efforts between the SA SDI Alliance, People’s Environmental Planning, UCT & University of Basel Master students (part of the City Research Studios hosted by African Centre […]

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Improving service delivery through partnerships: Lessons from Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

By Kwanda Lande (on behalf of CORC) Partnerships as an approach to service delivery have gained trust in many quarters and are widely acknowledged as a viable solution to a number of service delivery challenges. In implementation, however, partnerships are complex and often associated with vicissitudes characterised by varying victories and challenges. How do these […]

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Building an organised community through the Shamrock wash trough project in KZN

Kwanda Lande (on behalf of CORC) Shamrock informal settlement at a Glance Shamrock informal settlement is located along a portion of Amrisar Road and Gladiola Road in Belfort Estate suburb, northeast of Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This informal settlement is located on municipal owned land and it contains single storey, stand-alone mud and timber shacks. […]

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Social and Physical Impact of Re-blocking: California Informal Settlement, Mfuleni (Cape Town)

by Kwanda Lande and Mariel Zimmermann (on behalf of CORC) We decided to do re-blocking because we were living in a very congested settlement, we wanted our settlement to be rearranged, we wanted services –  we wanted to have roads, toilets, electricity and water. We also wanted this project because it is going to mitigate fire […]

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Community Voices: “In GxaGxa people know you. And mosquitoes bite your children”

*By GxaGxa Community Members, Compiled by Shelby Lyons (on behalf of CORC) This blog contributes to a series called Community Voices; a blog space that shares the words of community members themselves. These stories— diverse yet unified – highlight aspects of the history, challenges and daily experiences associated with life in informal settlements. This blog draws […]

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Co(mmunity)-finance facilities as a tool for local democratic space

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) With the 2016 municipal elections around the corner, the relationship between elected representatives and local citizenries could not be more topical. For some, the relationship is a largely passive space, which has lead to mistrust between different groups. For others it is a space that requires the building […]

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Tackling the Challenge of Sanitation: the Midrand WaSH Facility

By Ava Rose Hoffman (on behalf of CORC) In this blog, Mzwanele Zulu—National Informal Settlement Network (ISN) Coordinator—discusses the process of identifying community priorities and engaging with local government to construct the Midrand Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Facility, which will become operational in the coming weeks. Midrand is an informal settlement located in northwestern Port Elizabeth, situated […]

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Reflections on re-blocking: Why community participation is key

By Ava Rose Hoffman (on behalf of CORC) In this blog, the SA SDI Alliance speaks with Nkokheli Ncambele—ISN Coordinator of the Western Cape—to learn about how the participation process functions on the ground during informal settlement upgrading, and in particular, reblocking initiatives . Reflecting upon the Alliance’s early experiences with re-blocking in Sheffield Road (2010-2011) and […]

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