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Mega /catalytic projects

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 [...]

Planning4informality

“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 [...]

Learning Brief #11: Creating quality environments – Managed Land Settlement

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 [...]

Learning Brief #10: Managed Land Settlement – Increasing densities

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 [...]

Learning Brief #8: A New Land Records System

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 [...]

Learning Brief #9: Rethinking Land and Housing Allocation

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 [...]