Strengthening Municipal Governance

About Afesis

Afesis is a progressive, non-governmental organisation that has contributed to community-driven development and good local governance in the Eastern Cape since 1983. Registered as a not for profit Company, Afesis operates under the governance of a capable Board of Directors. Eighty percent of its staff have professional and postgraduate qualifications and ninety percent come from historically disadvantaged communities.









Non Governmental Organistion

Afesis is 40 years old! The year 2023 marks 40 years of existence for Afesis and it makes sense for the organisation to stand still and reflect on its rich history, its successes, and its footprint over four decades. While a lot has changed and the organisation’s contribution to positive social change is identifiable, a lot still needs to be done. The struggle continues. In its next decade, Afesis is committed to fight with and for the poor and marginalised, to attain material benefits that make democracy real for everyone - rich and poor alike, and for all to live in peaceful and safe environments that guarantee a better future for our children future generations.

Promoting active citizenship and good governance

The Organisational Positioning Summarized

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Team Culture Statement

Our team vision is one where we are dedicated and committed – in a respectful, supportive, empowering and dignified manner – to providing excellent work that sustainably achieves our organisational guiding statements.

Strategic Goal

The organisation’s strategic goal is to support citizens to actively unlock and enhance the state’s potential to deliver responsive services and targeted development initiatives. To achieve this, Afesis-corplan uses participatory methods, most of which have been developed and tested over time, to empower citizens to take their rightful places in local governance.

Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision is a self-reliant society in which people have equitable access to resources and institutions are an expression of people’s needs and aspirations.

Our mission is to empower communities of the Eastern Cape and beyond by promoting active citizenship and good governance through participatory methods, policy-driven research and dialogue aimed at promoting access to land for sustainable human settlements, local economic development and good governance.

Core principles



Transparency and


Honesty and Fairness

Efficiency & Effectiveness

Theory of Change Summarized

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Improving basic service delivery

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Afesis, a Greek word meaning 'liberation' (correctly spelt in Greek as Aphesis), was established in the early 1980s and formerly registered as a TRUST in 1983. The name chosen for the organisation spoke to its mission and its commitment to support the struggle for liberation. In its early years, the organisation offered para-legal services, training, and other services supporting communities in the then Border region to stand against the oppressive laws and practices of the Apartheid regime. In 1990, Afesis joined the 'One City Campaign', a nationwide campaign calling for an end to racially oriented municipalities and resisting forced removals of black families from inner cities in line with the apartheid laws of racial segregation. In 1991, Afesis established Corplan (shortened from Community Research and Planning) as a dedicated program that supported the One City campaign with research and technical advice. Corplan, the program, quickly grew in the scope of its work and in popularity to an extent that when the TRUST decided to dissolve and re-register Afesis as a Section 21 not for profit entity in 1992, they named the organisation Afesis-corplan.


Meet our Members

Nontando Zintle Ngamlana

Executive Director

Bridget van Wyk

Finance and Administration Manager

Ronald Eglin

Specialist: Sustainable Settlement

Vanessa Ramoo

Procurement Officer