Tag Archives | informal settlement upgrading

Community Voices: “In GxaGxa people know you. And mosquitoes bite your children”

*By GxaGxa Community Members, Compiled by Shelby Lyons (on behalf of CORC) This blog contributes to a series called Community Voices; a blog space that shares the words of community members themselves. These stories— diverse yet unified – highlight aspects of the history, challenges and daily experiences associated with life in informal settlements. This blog draws […]

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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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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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