The Social Audit Network (SAN)

By | October 4th, 2017|Afesis in Action, Citizen Action and Government Accountability, News, Organisational|

by Masixole Kente The Social Audit Network (SAN) has recently launched a Social Audit Video and new logo. The video showcases different social audits conducted in various locations by member organisations of the network around South Africa. Afesis-corplan is one of the founders of the SAN. The video shares a glimpse into the Social Audits conducted [...]

The Scenery Park Phase 3 Housing Story

By | October 4th, 2017|Afesis in Action, Citizen Action and Government Accountability, Local Governance, News, Organisational|

by Masixole Kente The construction of 947 houses for the Scenery Park Phase 3 beneficiaries in East London finally started in June 2017. These households  have been waiting for their approved houses for more than 20 years. Afesis-corplan partnered with the community in 2014 and built the capacity of the community to better engage with [...]

Mandela Day in Glenmore

By | October 4th, 2017|Accounting for Basic Sercvices, Afesis in Action, Local Governance, News, Organisational|

by Lindokuhle Vellem On the 18th of July, which is the international commemorative day for Nelson Mandela's Birthday, the Afesis-corplan team travelled to Glenmore community in the Ngqushwa Municipality of the Eastern Cape. It was a fun day filled with singing and laughter, cleaning and painting. To end the day a huge Mandela cake was shared [...]

Edging towards Site and Services

By | October 4th, 2017|Afesis in Action, Managed Land Settlement, News, Sustainable Settlements|

by Ronald Eglin Numerous speakers and participants at the National Department of Human Settlements summit in Gauteng from 21-22 September 2017, attended by Ronald Eglin, indicated a growing appetite, both within communities and within government, to seriously consider the promotion of ‘site and services’ as a new approach to human settlement development in South Africa. [...]

Nuclear energy – do we need it?

By | October 4th, 2017|Afesis in Action, Local Governance, News, Organisational|

by Ronald Eglin “The nuclear energy debate is hotting up in South Africa” participants were told at a nuclear energy conference in East London on 13 September 2017. The conference was co-organised by Afesis-corplan and Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg). In April 2017 Earthlife Africa (Johannesburg) and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute won a court case [...]

Mega /catalytic projects

By | August 24th, 2017|News, Sustainable Settlements|

The national department of Human Settlements needs to be very cautious in how it implements its ‘mega/ catalytic’ housing project programme.   Professor Philip Harrison from the University of Witwatersrand concluded, at a human settlement conference in Cape Town on 16-17 August 2017 organised by Isandla Institute, that “internationally and in South Africa, mega housing projects [...]

Planning4informality

By | August 23rd, 2017|News, Sustainable Settlements|

“One in five urban South Africans live in undignified conditions.” On 17 August 2017 Isandla Institute launched a planning for informality app that can be used by the public to find out how their metropolitan municipality is responding to informal settlements. The app allows you to see how your metro is performing in relation to a [...]

Learning Brief #11: Creating quality environments – Managed Land Settlement

By | August 23rd, 2017|Learning Briefs, Managed Land Settlement, Sustainable Settlements|

Neighbourhoods that are developed using the Managed Land Settlement (MLS) approach are better than RDP neighbourhoods. This assertion is based on the argument that MLS environments are more adaptive to their local context and to the needs of their residents. To further expand on this argument, have a look at the latest Learning Brief from [...]

Learning Brief #10: Managed Land Settlement – Increasing densities

By | August 22nd, 2017|Learning Briefs, Managed Land Settlement, Organisational, Sustainable Settlements|

The South African Government is sending strong signals that we are about to see a significant policy shift when it comes to how government plans to address its constitutional mandate (section 26) to progressively, within available resources, ensure everyone has access to adequate housing. Read the latest Learning Brief discussing Managed Land Settlement here.

Learning Brief #8: A New Land Records System

By | August 11th, 2017|Learning Briefs, Managed Land Settlement, Sustainable Settlements|

It is fairly well understood how an incremental settlement approach to addressing South Africa's housing and settlement needs works, but there is less understanding however for how an incremental settlement approach could work in the context of tenure security. For a more in depth look at a new approach to Land Records, click here to [...]