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. [...]

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 [...]

Learning Brief #9: Rethinking Land and Housing Allocation

By | August 10th, 2017|Learning Briefs, Managed Land Settlement, Sustainable Settlements|

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 [...]

Strategic Plan Handbook 2017

By | July 27th, 2017|Consultancies and Special Projects, Local Governance, News, Organisational, Strategic Plan Handbook 2017, Sustainable Settlements|

Afesis-corplan, having worked on local governance and housing development issues for more than 20 years is one of the organizations that offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise that could play a meaningful role in strengthening local government to deliver on its mandate. Besides innovating and enhancing processes, Afesis-corplan is also best placed to support [...]

Responding to Eviction and Displacement 

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

About 35 participants from local and international NGO’s met under the theme “forced evictions and urban displacement” in Soweto between 17-20 July 2017 to learn more about local experiences in resisting evictions and promoting the upgrading of informal settlements and to explore opportunities for further collaboration. The event was organised by the Socio-Economic Rights Institute [...]

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

By | June 29th, 2017|Learning Briefs, News, Sustainable Settlements|

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 [...]