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The Social Audit Network (SAN)

October 4th, 2017|

by Masixole Kente The Social Audit Network (SAN) has recently launched a Social Audit Video and new logo. The video showcases different social audits conducted in various locations by member organisations of the network around South [...]

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 [...]

Edging towards Site and Services

October 4th, 2017|

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, [...]

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 [...]

Mega /catalytic projects

August 24th, 2017|

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

August 23rd, 2017|

“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

August 23rd, 2017|

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

August 22nd, 2017|

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

August 11th, 2017|

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

August 10th, 2017|

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 [...]

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 [...]

Responding to Eviction and Displacement 

July 24th, 2017|

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 [...]

JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER: Afesis in Action June 2017

July 10th, 2017|

To catch up on what has been happening at Afesis-corplan, click here for our newsletter, Afesis in Action June 2017!

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

June 29th, 2017|

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 [...]

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

June 29th, 2017|

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 [...]

Farm Dweller Tenure Security and Housing

June 22nd, 2017|

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 [...]

Housing Co-operatives

June 22nd, 2017|

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 [...]

Land Reform: What’s the plan? RESPONSE TO THE BUDGET SPEECH TABLED BY MINISTER GUGILE NKWINTI

June 19th, 2017|

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 [...]

Ground-breaking constitutional court judgement and Managed Land Settlement: Connecting the dots

June 19th, 2017|

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 [...]

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 [...]

Parliaments High level Panel on Key Legislation – Land Committee

June 8th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan continues to engage with other organisation towards ensuring that  recommendations relating to amendments on the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act (Act 31 of 1996) also recognises the informal tenure rights of people [...]

Provincial legislature human settlements Chairperson meeting

June 8th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan continues to engage government on the Managed Land Settlement concept that it developed (and tested) in the last few years. Key in its latest efforts is a meeting held with the chairperson on the [...]

Accounting for Basic Services (ABS): Progress and Update

June 8th, 2017|

The Month of May marks a period where most local municipalities finalise their budgets for the forth coming financial year. Through the EU funded Accounting for Basic Services (ABS) project, Afesis-corplan supported communities in  Ngqushwa [...]

Afesis-corplan Annual Report 2016

June 2nd, 2017|

We are proud to present our Annual Report for 2016. Find out about all the exciting projects we are working on and the progress, successes, lowlights and lessons we are learning as an organisation. Annual [...]

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 [...]

Turning housing delivery on its head

May 22nd, 2017|

Are we seeing a policy shift emerging from the national Department of Human Settlements?  In minister Sisulu’s departmental budget vote speech of 18 May 2017 she states: We are now concentrating on serviced sites. The [...]

Managed Land Settlement

May 22nd, 2017|

For more information on Managed Land Settlement please visit the Afesis-corplan incremental settlement website initiative. See the short 4 minute video on Managed Land Settlement to the right (Quality 480) that further explains this concept. To see [...]

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 [...]

Land Access Manual

May 9th, 2017|

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 [...]

Learning Brief #4 The Missing Middle: A Smallholding Land Subsidy Programme

May 3rd, 2017|

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 [...]

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 [...]

Call to prioritise land acquisition and development in BCMM IDP

April 4th, 2017|

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 [...]

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 [...]

In Memory

March 29th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan would like to extend its' condolences to the families and friends of the following former staff members who have passed on in the past few years:   Newell Faku Chris Jiba Jaap Geldof Malusi [...]

MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER: Afesis in Action March 2017

March 29th, 2017|

  To catch up on what has been happening at Afesis-corplan, click here for our newsletter, Afesis in Action March 2017!

Eastern Cape CoGTA SPLUM Policy Submission

March 28th, 2017|

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 [...]

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 [...]

Afesis in Action March 2017: How activists can become more tech-savvy

March 27th, 2017|

The world is changing. Whether we like it or not, such facts are inevitable. For the activist community, this poses a particular challenge. In order to continue their work and do so effectively, activists need [...]

Afesis in Action March 2017: What Afesis-corplan taught me about activism

March 27th, 2017|

Since I was very young, I’ve always wanted to help people. I’ve known from the beginning that, no matter what work I end up doing, it had to be something that left the world a [...]

Afesis in Action March 2017: Participatory Budgeting

March 27th, 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 [...]

Afesis in Action March 2017: Relooking at Rural Development

March 27th, 2017|

Michael Aliber from Fort Hare University and David Neves from the University of the Western Cape spoke at a conference organised by the Eastern Cape Socio Economic Consultative Council (on 27 January 2017) which Ronald [...]

Afesis in Action March 2017: The unresolved land question

March 27th, 2017|

More than 20 years into the post apartheid south Africa, the land question remains unresolved.  The majority of South African citizens still do not have their tenure adequately secured, and land redistribution targets are not [...]

An Introduction to Afesis-corplan…

February 19th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan is a development NGO located in East London South Africa whose work aims at deepening local democracy, the attainment of good governance and spatial justice. Afesis was established as a Trust by a group [...]

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 [...]

I smile in my heart, not on my face

February 19th, 2017|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Mvezo Welcome Centre

February 18th, 2017|

Afesis-corplan is excited to be the implementing agents for the Welcome Centre In Mvezo on behalf of the National Lotteries Commission. The purpose of the Welcome Centre is to be an initial point of contact [...]

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February 17th, 2017|

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Afesis SPLUMA booklet

February 13th, 2017|

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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"  

LandFirst!

January 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

Accessing Bulk Land

January 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

Land Rights Inquiry Round table

January 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

Buffalo City Upgrading Informal Settlement Strategy

January 16th, 2017|

The Upgrading of Informal Settlements Policy and Strategy for Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) was approved by the BCMM council in 2015. For more information on this policy contact the Buffalo City Municipality Planning department. [...]

SPLUMA information

January 16th, 2017|

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) 16 of 2013 Introduction and Background to SPLUMA Read the SPLUMA information booklet produced by Afesis-corplan to get a brief overview of what SPLUMA is [...]

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 [...]

The 4th R – Restructuring

January 13th, 2017|

Restructuring should be added as a fourth ’R’ to governments land reform programme, that presently includes land Restitution, land Redistribution and land tenure Reform. This was a suggestion by Ronald Eglin from Afesis-corplan at an [...]

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 [...]

Unauthorised Land Occupation

November 10th, 2016|

In 2016 Afesis-corplan conducted Research on Managing and Curbing Unauthorised Land Occupation for the Housing Development Agency. See below for copies of this research. Managing and Curbing Unauthorised Land Occupation - Executive summary Report on [...]

Rethinking Communal Land Administration

November 10th, 2016|

In 2016 the Housing Development Agency published a research report on Rethinking communal land administration: Unlocking human settlement development in communal land areas. Main report: Rethinking communal land administration: Unlocking human settlement development in communal [...]

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, [...]

Buffalo City Agricultural Strategy (Draft)

November 10th, 2016|

In 2012 the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) developed a draft Integrated Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy (IARDS). draft Integrated Agricultural and Rural Development Strategy. Annexure A: Maps Agricultural potential plan, and Land audit and [...]

Parkridge and Bamford Social Audit 2016

November 1st, 2016|

Parkridge and Bamford communities both after suffering an injustice by government not rectifying their dilapidated houses of more than 130 beneficiaries, and those blocked out of the housing system conducted a Social Audit as a [...]

Land Access Series

January 16th, 2016|

The Urban Land Access Series is produced by Afesis-corplan with the support of Urban LandMark. The target group is the leadership of organised groups of homeless in need of land for housing development. (June 2008) [...]