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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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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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CORC Annual Report 2014/15 – Know Your Community, Know Your City

With great pleasure we share this year’s annual report with you. Know Your Community. Know Your City: the theme reflects the power of community-led process to mobilise the urban poor. It also echoes the current focus of Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) on the Know Your City Campaign. Know Your City demonstrates the value of citywide […]

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Memoir and Tribute Booklet for Patrick Magebhula Hunsley

After 56 years, our dear friend and comrade, Patrick Magebhula, breathed his last on 4 August 2014. This memorial booklet is a memoir and a tribute to Patrick’s life. The Alliance, together with his family, hundreds of national and international comrades and friends, including housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu, attended his funeral on Saturday 16 August […]

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2012 / 2013 CORC Annual Report

With great pleasure CORC ‘s annual report looks back on an event-filled 2012-2013 which set the scene for community mobilisations, beginning and continuing partnerships with government, valuable developments on urban sustainability and our documentation strategies. However, the past year was also marked by the effects of the global financial crisis which were acutely felt by […]

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CUFF Project Report 2013

By Thandeka Tshabalala (on behalf of CORC) We live in the urban age where, for the first time the majority of the world population lives in cities.  Despite the overwhelming challenges encountered by the urban poor, the aspiration towards altering state-civil society relations, inclusive and integrated pro poor cities lies on the roles of networks […]

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