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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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Know Your City: Why we need community collected data on informal settlements

By Charlton Ziervogel (on behalf of CORC) Urbanization and the growth of informal settlements Urbanization in South Africa has not followed the usual patterns as witnessed in many other developing countries from the 1980’s through to present day. This was in large part due to government interventions in the process up to the 1990’s, which saw […]

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How High-Tech Maps Could Help Urban Slums Plan Better Streets

By Laura Bliss and Aarian Marshall (Cross-posted from CityLab) In slums, buildings are often so densely packed that many are cut off from streets and pathways. This creates a literal roadblock to much-needed public resources. “In South Africa, governments will often say that informal settlements are too dense to install adequate services,” Charlton Ziervogel, deputy […]

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From Nairobi to Cape Town: Learning about Upgrading and Partnerships with Local Government

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) From Ghetto informal settlement in Nairobi, the Kenyan SDI Alliance together with an official from the nearby Kiambu County Government visited the South African SDI Alliance on a learning exchange in Cape Town from 22 – 25 February 2016. Community leaders and an official from Ekurhuleni Municipality, near […]

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Urban Sector NGOs comment on Human Settlements Draft White Paper

By Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Development Action Group (DAG), Habitat for Humanity South Africa, Isandla Institute, People’s Environmental Planning (PEP), Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) The National Department of Human Settlements is currently in the process of developing a new White Paper on Human Settlements. This process offers a unique opportunity to address […]

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Community Voices: “In Tambo Square, residents did not give up”

By Tambo Square community members (on behalf of ISN) This blog was written by the community of Tambo Square in Mfuleni, Cape Town, namely: Babalwa Sabe, Nomaphelo Voyi, Nosikolise Swaphi,Asanda Kumbaca,Nokubonga Stefans,Lindiswa Lufefe,Ntandazo Mtshonono, Yoliswa Tsono,Tabisa Matiwane,Stutu Yamani,Nolusindiso Zakaza,Nomaphelo Zakaza,Ayanda Langa,Vangeliswa Sobamba,Phindile Faro and Nkosikhona Bangiso. This is the third blog in the Alliance’s Community Voices series. […]

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An approach to community-led upgrading: TT Community Hall in Khayelitsha

By Andiswa Meke (on behalf of CORC) For years the government has been testing different solutions with regard to bringing basic services to poor people and engaging with rapid urbanisation in South African cities. At times, these approaches are characterised by technically driven solutions that do not consider social use of infrastructure by community members. […]

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