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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Housing Co-operatives

By | June 22nd, 2017|Sustainable Settlements|

A co-operative is where a group of people (homeless, consumers, unemployed) come together to address a common need (houses, cheap food, jobs) through a jointly owned and democratically controlled organisation (housing co-op, consumer co-op, worker co-op) that follows the cooperative principles (voluntary, democratic, econ participation, independent, training, cooperation between co-ops, concern for community). The International [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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