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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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Community Voices: “Is BholoBholo a place we can call home?”

By members of Bholobholo Informal Settlement (on behalf of ISN)* For the SA SDI Alliance community-produced documentation is crucial. Engaging communities with such processes enables them to drive their own development interests and also positions them to share their experiences in community organization processes such as informal settlement upgrading. IN this way communities demonstrate the […]

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SA SDI Alliance and Red Cross Society explore Fire Prevention Tools

By Thandeka Tshabalala (on behalf of CORC). September-April  marks  the Western Cape Fire season.  The eight months period has the highest record  of fire disasters due to a number of reasons but mainly negligence and lack of fire prevention  education. Throughout these times, informal settlement dwellers sit in panic and uncertainty of when a devastating […]

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How Sporong community negotiated service delivery in Gauteng

By Kwanele Sibanda (on behalf of CORC) According to how the Informal Settlment Network (ISN) demarcates Midvaal informal settlements; Sporong informal settlement falls under cluster 3. Sporong is a relatively small informal settlement with 17 households and holds a population of about 70 people. The settlement falls under Boltonwold that is about 10kms out of […]

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