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 [...]

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 [...]

Eastern Cape CoGTA SPLUM Policy Submission

By | March 28th, 2017|Sustainable Settlements|

To find out more about Spatial Planning and Land Use Management (SPLUM) generally, click here On 21 July 2016 sixteen civil society organisations in the Eastern Cape submitted a petition to the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (EC-CoGTA) making recommendations as to what they would like to see in future [...]

I smile in my heart, not on my face

By | February 19th, 2017|Sustainable Settlements|

A resident of Slovo Park informal settlement in Mdantsane, a suburb of East London, who prefers to remain anonymous.  The Municipality is planning to upgrade this informal settlement. When asked why she was not smiling for the camera she replied,  “I can smile in my heart, not on my face”; meaning that she is proud [...]

Afesis SPLUMA booklet

By | February 13th, 2017|Sustainable Settlements|

SPLUMA booklet

Learning Briefs & Lessons Learnt documents

By | January 17th, 2017|Local Governance, Sustainable Settlements|

Afesis-corplan has produced a number of Learning Briefs and Lessons Learnt documents in the last few years. To view these please click on the following links: Modalities for Participation - Learning Brief Back to Basics and the Integrated Development Plan - Learning Brief Spatial Development Frameworks and Spatial Transformation - Learning Brief Spatial Planning and the Integrated [...]


By | January 16th, 2017|Sustainable Settlements|

Access to land for settlement purposes is a strategic focus area with the capacity to act as a catalyst for further community development.   Afesis-corplan, together with a number of civil society organisations in South Africa, established the LANDfirst network in 2010.  The network is no longer active, but you can find archival information from [...]

Accessing Bulk Land

By | January 16th, 2017|Sustainable Settlements|

The following series of documents, commissioned by Afesis-corplan, provide information on accessing bulk land on which incremental settlement - or Managed Land Settlement - can take place. Get public land Improve quality of land related information and ability of public to access this information - Land Data Bases : This report focuses on who keeps what information [...]

Land Rights Inquiry Round table

By | January 16th, 2017|Sustainable Settlements|

On 27 September 2016 Afesis-corplan facilitated a round table discussion on Land Rights Enquiries. A copy of the round table discussion report can be found here: Land Rights Enquiry Round table report - 27 September 2016 Copies of presentations can be found here: Introduction to land rights enquiries in context of land administration – Ronald [...]