The Upgrading of Informal Settlements Policy and Strategy for Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) was approved by the BCMM council in 2015.

For more information on this policy contact the Buffalo City Municipality Planning department.

The following information relating to the BCMM Upgrading of Informal Settlements Policy and Strategy is available for download:

Example of draft informal settlement upgrading plan

The upgrading plan for Phola Park informal settlement in Scenery Park in East London, is one of 32 examples of upgrading plans for informal settlements in Buffalo City.
The following annexures are available for this Phola park Upgrading plan:

Contact the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality planning department for copies of similar plans for all 32 informal settlements as listed in the summary table of 32 informal settlements.

Socio-economic survey report

A base line socio-economic survey report Р2014 was developed based on a 10 % survey sample of households living in the 32 informal settlements that were part of the planning exercise.

Close out report

A final close out report for the project, including an valuation of the project can be found here.

Human Interest Case Studies

A set of six Human Interest Case Studies were produced in 2014, showing a snap shot in time of the life of a person living on an informal settlement. Click here to read these case studies.

Executive Summary of Policy and Strategy

Experiences from the Upgrading of Informal settlements in the Buffalo City Municipality 


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