Tag Archives | informal settlement upgrading

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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Rolling out Lumkani Fire Device: Preventing Fires, Upgrading Communities

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) The last two months bear witness to the devastation fires can cause. At the height of South Africa’s hottest months, fires pose a continuous threat, often breaking out in informal areas, wiping out entire segments of informal settlements, despite the response of fire departments. A proactive response to […]

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CORC planner honoured with SAPI Young Planner Award

Sizwe Mxobo, a planner at the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) received  the South African Planning Institute’s (SAPI) Young Planner Award in October 2014. In speaking about his work as a planner with community movements affiliated to the SA SDI Alliance, Sizwe explains, “An important aspect for me is exploring what public participation means in […]

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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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Putting K2 and Green Park on the Map – Mapping Exchange in Cape Town

By Julia Stricker (on behalf of SDI Secretariat) ***Cross-posted from SDI Blog*** During a very successful learning exchange focused around settlement level data visualisation and mapping, community members from K2 and Green Park, two informal settlements in Cape Town, created digital maps of their neighbourhoods.  Siyaunya puts his head over the GPS device and enters […]

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