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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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How to sustain and scale up fire sensor technologies in Kenya and South Africa?

By Thandeka Tshabalala (on behalf of CORC) A multi-stakeholder discussion kicked off in early January in Nairobi, Kenya to deliberate on the lessons learnt from the fire sensor installation pilot project. In July 2015, The American Red Cross initiated a fire sensor technology pilot in Mukuru, Kenya and Khayelitsha, South Africa. About 2000 fire sensors […]

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Expanding Informal Settlement Upgrading through Khayalethu Livelihood Initiatives

By Thandeka Tshabalala (on behalf of CORC) As the last quarter of the year comes to an end, we take time to give an overview of the Alliance’s Khayalethu livelihoods initiatives that have been supported by the Alliance’s City Fund. The Khayalethu Initiative supported by UK funder Comic Relief is a collaborative platform between three […]

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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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From Joburg to Manila City: A Photo Story of Community Architects

By Jhono Bennett (on behalf of SA SDI Alliance) This story covers the 2015 exchange trip between South African delegates from the SDI Network and the CAN Network in the Philippines.   THE EXCHANGE In 2015, a small delegation from the South African Shack Dwellers International Alliance (SA SDI) attended the  3rd Regional Community Architecture […]

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What is Area-Based Upgrading? A look at UT Wetland Area, Khayelitsha

By Yolande Hendler & Moegsien Hendricks (on behalf of CORC) Over the last ten years South Africa’s human settlement’s sector has seen significant shifts in government approach and policy toward rapid urbanisation and the resulting proliferation of informal settlements. Initially informal settlement policy concentrated on clearing housing backlogs through government subsidised houses in the Reconstruction […]

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Sharing Knowledge from the Bottom-Up: SDI visits Cape Town Learning Center

By Yolande Hendler (on behalf of CORC) Horizontal learning exchanges form a significant pillar of bottom-up knowledge sharing and a mobilisation tool used by informal settlement dwellers across the Shack/ Slum Dwellers International network. Exchanges are a development tool, which “help people deal with the root issues of poverty and homelessness and work out their […]

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