Tag Archives | Water & Sanitation

Improving service delivery through partnerships: Lessons from Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

By Kwanda Lande (on behalf of CORC) Partnerships as an approach to service delivery have gained trust in many quarters and are widely acknowledged as a viable solution to a number of service delivery challenges. In implementation, however, partnerships are complex and often associated with vicissitudes characterised by varying victories and challenges. How do these […]

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Building an organised community through the Shamrock wash trough project in KZN

Kwanda Lande (on behalf of CORC) Shamrock informal settlement at a Glance Shamrock informal settlement is located along a portion of Amrisar Road and Gladiola Road in Belfort Estate suburb, northeast of Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal. This informal settlement is located on municipal owned land and it contains single storey, stand-alone mud and timber shacks. […]

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Social and Physical Impact of Re-blocking: California Informal Settlement, Mfuleni (Cape Town)

by Kwanda Lande and Mariel Zimmermann (on behalf of CORC) We decided to do re-blocking because we were living in a very congested settlement, we wanted our settlement to be rearranged, we wanted services –  we wanted to have roads, toilets, electricity and water. We also wanted this project because it is going to mitigate fire […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Community Voices – “Welcome to Santini informal settlement”

By Santini Community Members (on behalf of ISN) For the SA SDI Alliance community-generated documentation is an integral aspect of community-driven process. This means that communities are not only best positioned to take a central role in driving their own development interests but also to speak about and document their experiences in community organisation processes […]

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