Learning Brief #13: Good plans – bad implementation

In development work one often hears the phrase, “we have good plans but bad implementation”.

Is the ‘good plans – bad implementation’ statement true? Where is the problem? Is it in our capacity
to implement the plans, or is it that the plans are not actually implementable?

To read the full Learning Brief, click here.




Learning Brief #12: Equitable Access to Land

Land redistribution is a hot topic in South Africa. Some are saying that the constitution needs to change so as to speed up land reform and land redistribution while others claim that it is not the constitution that is the problem, but rather weak land reform implementation and elite capture of the land reform process. What does the constitution actually say about land redistribution? What legislation is there in support of land redistribution? What is the state doing to implement land redistribution? Click on the link to read the full Learning Brief.




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

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 the Sustainable Settlements department.




Learning Brief #10: Managed Land Settlement – Increasing densities

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

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 read the full Learning Brief.




Learning Brief #9: Rethinking Land and Housing Allocation

In this Learning Brief, Afesis-corplan proposes that government should shift the majority of its housing budget from building RDP houses (for a relatively few people every year) to providing (basic) serviced sites with access to (at least) incremental tenure security as part of an organised Managed Land Settlement (MLS) programme. Households will then be able to use their own resources to start to build their own structures on this land with government providing housing support in the form of, for example, bulk buying schemes and promoting material savings schemes. Government will also be able to then more directly help those in desperate need, like the aged and people with disabilities, to build top structures.

To read the full Learning Brief, click here.




Learning Brief #7: Land acquisition and development for human settlement

As a country we need to prioritise the acquisition and development of land for settlement purposes if we are to make any impact on the demand for housing.  Between 1994 and 2014 the South African government provided more than 2.5 million houses and some 1.2 million serviced sites, but the housing backlog nevertheless increased over this same period from 1.5 million to 2.1 million units.

To read the full Learning brief, click here.




Learning Brief #6: Motivation for a housing development support programme

Afesis-corplan has been promoting the concept of managed land settlement (MLS) for a number of years. MLS is where government allows people to settle on (semi) serviced land with basic tenure security, and households are able to use their own money to start to build their own shelter and houses. In the MLS approach government shifts from building houses for people to helping people to build their own houses. This learning brief suggests a new role for government as a housing development supporter and facilitator.

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Learning Brief #5: Basic Organising and Active Citizenship

A good active citizen is an informed and organised citizen. Drawing from its work, Afesis-corplan concludes that if a community or group of citizens is not organised, it is far harder for that community to achieve the goal it has set itself. Having a community with at least some basic level of organisation is the base upon which development occurs. Click below to read the full Learning Brief.

Basic Organising and Active Citizenship Learning Brief