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 [...]

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 [...]

Land Access Manual

By | May 9th, 2017|News, Sustainable Settlements|

In 2008 Afesis-corplan with the support of Urban LandMark produced the the Urban Land Access Series. The series outlines the process to be followed to acquire land for low income housing.  The target group for this series is the leadership of organised groups of homeless in need of land for housing development. The following titles [...]

Learning Brief #4 The Missing Middle: A Smallholding Land Subsidy Programme

By | May 3rd, 2017|Learning Briefs, News, Sustainable Settlements|

Specialist in Sustainable Settlements, Ronald Eglin has put together another thought-provoking Learning Brief that suggests that one of the factors limiting the ability of the country to make good on its constitutional obligations relating to land reform is that we, as a country, have a missing middle – smallholder plots – when it comes to land [...]

3rd Presidential Local Government Summit 6 -7 April 2017

By | April 6th, 2017|Local Governance, News, Organisational|

In an effort to transform municipal spaces for radical social and economic development, Afesis-corplan is represented by our Executive Director, Nontando Ngamlana at the 3rd Presidential Local Government Summit which is being held at Midrand's Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg today and tomorrow. View the Summit Content Note which outlines the summit theme: “Transforming Municipal Spaces for Radical [...]

A Guide to Local Government Budget Advocacy in South Africa

By | April 6th, 2017|Accounting for Basic Sercvices, Local Governance, News|

New developments on the Accounting For Basic Services (ABS) scene: the team is proud to announce the completion and publication of the Guide to Local Government Budget Advocacy. The guide is designed to empower Civil Society Organisations to better understand Municipal Budgets. The clearer understanding will ensure more effective advocacy around service delivery and promote [...]

Grounding the National Development Plan

By | April 4th, 2017|Local Governance, News|

On 23 – 24 March 2017, Sibulele Poswayo and Ronald Eglin attended a two day conference to look at partnerships for implementing the National Development Plan (NDP), organised by Fort Hare Solutions, the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality. The NPC working with the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, the United [...]

Call to prioritise land acquisition and development in BCMM IDP

By | April 4th, 2017|News, Sustainable Settlements|

Ronald Eglin attended a Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) IDP consultative forum meeting on 30 March 2017.  In this meeting Afesis-corplan called on the BCMM to redirect funding towards land acquisition and development so as to make inroads into the housing needs of the city.  Afesis-corplan made a similar call in September 2016 (see IDP [...]

Toward Good Local Governance…the role of the active citizenry – Author: Sibulele Poswayo, Programmes Manager

By | March 31st, 2017|Local Governance, News|

On Monday, 21 March 1960, police opened fire, without order, on a crowd that had gathered at the Sharpeville station to protest pass laws. On that day, 69 unarmed people were killed, including women and children, and more than 180 were injured. To mark this tragedy, Human Rights Day (21 March) was officially declared a [...]

In Memory

By | March 29th, 2017|News, Organisational|

Afesis-corplan would like to extend its' condolences to the families and friends of the following former staff members who have passed on in the past few years:   Newell Faku Chris Jiba Jaap Geldof Malusi Maxegwana   Their invaluable contribution to the organisation was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. “Though nothing can bring [...]