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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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Launch of Upgrading at Flamingo Crescent with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Authored by CORC “People said Flamingo Crescent [Upgrading] will never happen. But today is here and this is the proof that it has happened – one cannot do it alone we need to work as a collective!” Melanie Manuel, Informal Settlement Network (ISN) Co-ordinator Last week’s upgrading launch at Flamingo Crescent informal settlement celebrated the […]

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SA Alliance at National Human Settlements Indaba 2014

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) Twenty years after Joe Slovo’s historic Botshabelo Housing Accord, Lindiwe Sisulu, incumbent minister of Human Settlements, invited stakeholders in the human settlements sector to the National Human Settlements Indaba and Exhibition, which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 16-17 October 2014. This included the […]

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CORC Architect receives honourable mention by CA-ASI

A young architect working with CORC, Mr. Olwethu Jack, was awarded one of nine “honourable mentions” in the most recent international architectural competition hosted by CA’ASI Association, an international ” “club” open to all those who love contemporary architecture and design“. In a press release dated 2 April from CA’ASI Paris headquarters, the international jury, […]

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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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Community Led Housing Development: Maureen’s Story in Orange Farm, Gauteng.

By Barbara Torresi (on behalf of uTshani Fund) Maureen Skepu’s face lights up with joy as she describes the events that changed her life forever. Born in 1967 in the northern province of Gauteng, Maureen was one of the millions of disadvantaged South Africans whose existence was blighted first by the brutality of Apartheid, and […]

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