Local Governance Archive

Local Governance News

The Scenery Park Phase 3 Housing Story

October 4th, 2017|

by Masixole Kente The construction of 947 houses for the Scenery Park Phase 3 beneficiaries in East London finally started in June 2017. These households  have been waiting for their approved houses for more than [...]

Mandela Day in Glenmore

October 4th, 2017|

by Lindokuhle Vellem On the 18th of July, which is the international commemorative day for Nelson Mandela's Birthday, the Afesis-corplan team travelled to Glenmore community in the Ngqushwa Municipality of the Eastern Cape. It was a [...]

Nuclear energy – do we need it?

October 4th, 2017|

by Ronald Eglin “The nuclear energy debate is hotting up in South Africa” participants were told at a nuclear energy conference in East London on 13 September 2017. The conference was co-organised by Afesis-corplan and Earthlife [...]

Citizen-based Monitoring of Frontline Service Delivery Toolkit for Freedom House South Africa

August 7th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan are very proud to have developed a toolkit for Freedom House South Africa, titled: Citizen-based Monitoring of Frontline Service Delivery Toolkit. This toolkit was developed with an aim of offering organised community groups with [...]

How can local government councillors interact with and represent their constituents better?

July 28th, 2017|

On 5 July 2017 Sibulele Poswayo and Ronald Eglin met with Gabriel Nahmias a researcher involved in the South African Councillor Panel Study. The research project aims to better understand the ways in which local [...]

Strategic Plan Handbook 2017

July 27th, 2017|

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 [...]

Learning Briefs and Lessons Learned Index

June 8th, 2017|

Learning Briefs Chronological list of learning briefs Back to Basics and the Integrated Development Plan: Placing the IDP at the centre of COGTA’s Back to Basics programme (Local Governance) Spatial Transformation and the Spatial [...]

#COMMUNITYFIRST: Scenery Park community put their community first

June 8th, 2017|

#COMMUNITYFIRST was the brainchild of the Scenery Park Phase 3 beneficiaries as a symbol of their demand to participate and be included in the development of their own houses. The beneficiaries who had been waiting [...]

Integrated Development Planning

June 1st, 2017|

The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) is a 5 year plan that shows the municipality’s development objectives, key strategies and projects that will be implemented to achieve these objectives.  It also details which projects will be [...]

Learning Brief #5: Basic Organising and Active Citizenship

May 10th, 2017|

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 [...]

3rd Presidential Local Government Summit 6 -7 April 2017

April 6th, 2017|

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 [...]

A Guide to Local Government Budget Advocacy in South Africa

April 6th, 2017|

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 [...]

Grounding the National Development Plan

April 4th, 2017|

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 [...]

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

March 31st, 2017|

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 [...]

Afesis in Action March 2017: Working with communities towards the realisation of dignified housing

March 27th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan promotes active citizenry and effective participation in monitoring service delivery. The Scenery Park community continues to fight for dignified access to housing in their community. The DVD 'A Purposeful Pursuit' portrays the beginning of a [...]

Working with communities towards the realisation of dignified housing

February 19th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan promotes active citizenry and effective participation in monitoring service delivery. The Scenery Park community continues to fight for dignified access to housing in their community. The above DVD, 'A Purposeful Pursuit' portrays the beginning [...]

How can an active citizen contribute to the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) process?

February 19th, 2017|

Since 9 August 2016 Local Elections, Municipal Councils all over South Africa have been inaugurated. Drafting and endorsing the IDP is one of the first responsibilities of an incoming Municipal Council. Afesis-corplan promotes active citizenry [...]

Accounting for Basic Services (ABS): Participatory Budgeting

February 2nd, 2017|

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is the process by which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources.  PB/municipal budgeting programs are implemented at the will of governments, citizens, NGOs, and civil society organizations to [...]

Integrated Development Planning Information

January 17th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan has produced numerous resource materials over the years on Integrated Development Planning.   DVD: The IDP process   DVD: Thandi's IDP story   Radio: Thandi's IDP story in Xhosa [...]

Learning Briefs & Lessons Learnt documents

January 17th, 2017|

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 [...]

Scenery Park Phase 3 Housing Issue

January 16th, 2017|

View the video "Scenery Park: a purposeful pursuit"  

BCMM IDP submission

January 16th, 2017|

The following broad recommendations where made in Afesis-corplan's submission to the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality's (BCMM) call - from September 2016 - for stakeholders to submit their development needs and priorities so as to inform [...]

Parliaments High Level Panel on Key Legislation (Afesis-corplan submission)

November 10th, 2016|

Afesis-corplan has made three submissions to Committee 2 on land reform of Parliaments High Level Panel on Key Legislation. Submission 1 and 2 on Communal Land Administration and Managed Land Settlement was submitted on 10 [...]

BCMM agriculture video chapters

November 10th, 2016|

  Follow the links below to see chapters of the "Buffalo City Agricultural Video" on Afesis-corplan's YouTube channel: Introduction Chapter 1: Farmarama (agricultural inputs) Chapter 2: High Heaven Farm (mixed family farm - poultry, diary, [...]