Author Archive | Thandeka

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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SA SDI Alliance 2013 in Review

Its that time of the year when we, the SA SDI Alliance, reflect on our achievements and work in progress. 2013 was a year of growth, maturation, and sharing knowledge and experiences. On the housing front, FEDUP was awarded with the Gauteng Provincial Goven Mbeki awards (runner up in North West), when the re-blocking of […]

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Community Studio | 2014 UCT- Europe Studio ‘The Planning Session’

Today Tanja Winkler, senior lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Cape Town, joined CORC staff and the Europe informal settlement leadership on a planning session at Europe, an informal settlement located in Gugulethu, just of the N2 national highway in Cape Town.  The purpose of the planning meeting was to align the 2014 UCT Urban Planning […]

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SA SDI National Forum and Charter Launch

The Executive Mayor, Honorable Poppy Mpho Magongwa delivering her speech during the launch of the charter.  By Thandeka Tshabalala (on behalf of CORC) Once in 4 years the South African SDI Alliance holds a national forum, this year’s forum started from the 11th-14th November 2013, where more than 200 members of the ISN and FEDUP regional facilitators from […]

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OPINION: Opportunities in Urban Informality, Development and Climate Resilience in African cities

Article from (Climate and Development Knowledge Network) Blaise Dobson and Jean-Pierre Roux (SouthSouthNorth) argue that African urbanisation and burgeoning informal settlements present an opportunity to build truly adaptive cities. African cities are characterised by high levels of slums and informal settlements, largely informal economies, high levels of unemployment, majority youthful populations, and low levels of […]

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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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Father Jorge Visits Langrug

Father Jorge Anzorena,  is an Argentinian by birth and entered the Jesuit (Society of Jesus) order in his early thirties when he was ordained as a priest. He completed a PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo and has received numerous accolades such as the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding in 1994. Prior […]

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Community Drainage Cleaning Project in Europe

Europe is an informal settlement located in Gugulethu Township; it is situated along N2 road bordered by Barcelona and Kanana informal settlemnent. The enumeration exercise, which ended on 10 October 2010, showed that 80% of the families in Europe experienced regular flooding.  Due to lack of trash containers, unpaved roads and waste disposal the drainage […]

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