Farm Dweller Tenure Security and Housing

By | June 22nd, 2017|News, Sustainable Settlements|

By Ronald Eglin June 2017 A lot still needs to be done to find solutions for securing land tenure and housing for farm dwellers around South Africa. This emerged from a learning and sharing event organised by the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA) on 14 June 2017 in Pietermaritzburg on farm dweller tenure security and housing [...]

Land Reform: What’s the plan? RESPONSE TO THE BUDGET SPEECH TABLED BY MINISTER GUGILE NKWINTI

By | June 19th, 2017|News, Sustainable Settlements|

Afesis-corplan Minister Nkwinti’s 2017 Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Budget vote speech is a huge anticlimax. At a time when the land question is re-emerging as a key issue of focus and debate within society, the Minister’s speech basically has nothing to contribute towards this debate. His speech starts by repeating policy objectives from [...]

Ground-breaking constitutional court judgement and Managed Land Settlement: Connecting the dots

By | June 19th, 2017|Managed Land Settlement, News, Sustainable Settlements|

Afesis-corplan June 2017 “Evictions that lead to homelessness are unlawful, even if they are agreed to by all of the residents who stand to be evicted”. These are the findings of a Constitutional Court ruling on 8 June 2017 as reported by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa. Nomzamo Zondo, SERI’s Director of Litigation, [...]

#COMMUNITYFIRST: Scenery Park community put their community first

By | June 8th, 2017|Afesis in Action, Citizen Action and Government Accountability, Local Governance, News|

#COMMUNITYFIRST was the brainchild of the Scenery Park Phase 3 beneficiaries as a symbol of their demand to participate and be included in the development of their own houses. The beneficiaries who had been waiting for the delivery of the houses for which subsidies were approved 20 years ago are wanting to participate in a [...]

Parliaments High level Panel on Key Legislation – Land Committee

By | June 8th, 2017|Afesis in Action, News, Sustainable Settlements|

Afesis-corplan continues to engage with other organisation towards ensuring that  recommendations relating to amendments on the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act (Act 31 of 1996) also recognises the informal tenure rights of people living in informal settlements, and ensuring that proposed draft legislation on new land records legislation (that makes provision for government [...]

Provincial legislature human settlements Chairperson meeting

By | June 8th, 2017|Afesis in Action, Managed Land Settlement, News, Organisational, Sustainable Settlements|

Afesis-corplan continues to engage government on the Managed Land Settlement concept that it developed (and tested) in the last few years. Key in its latest efforts is a meeting held with the chairperson on the Human Settlements committee of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Mrs Ndlangisa-Makaula.  In the meeting, the department acknowledged that Managed Land [...]

Accounting for Basic Services (ABS): Progress and Update

By | June 8th, 2017|Afesis in Action, News, Organisational|

The Month of May marks a period where most local municipalities finalise their budgets for the forth coming financial year. Through the EU funded Accounting for Basic Services (ABS) project, Afesis-corplan supported communities in  Ngqushwa  and Buffalo City Metro Municipality, to make submissions on the budget in a bid to strengthen the delivery of basic [...]

Afesis-corplan Annual Report 2016

By | June 2nd, 2017|Annual Reports, News, Organisational|

We are proud to present our Annual Report for 2016. Find out about all the exciting projects we are working on and the progress, successes, lowlights and lessons we are learning as an organisation. Annual report 2016

Turning housing delivery on its head

By | May 22nd, 2017|News, Sustainable Settlements, Uncategorized|

Are we seeing a policy shift emerging from the national Department of Human Settlements?  In minister Sisulu’s departmental budget vote speech of 18 May 2017 she states: We are now concentrating on serviced sites. The HDA [Housing Development Agency] has identified land for our purpose, ensuring that it is serviced. It will be partitioned and [...]

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Learning Brief #5: Basic Organising and Active Citizenship

By | May 10th, 2017|Learning Briefs, Local Governance, News, Organisational|

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 [...]

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