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16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: “A Gift to Women” – Mpho Ya Basadi

December 9th, 2022|

Kagisano, a programme implemented by Afesis-corplan with various partner organisations across the country, aims to organise activities geared towards preventing collective violence in communities and promoting social cohesion. One of the communities where the Kagisano [...]

Reflecting on the “Unity in our Heritage” event

October 11th, 2022|

By Mkhuseli MadibaThe "Unity in our Heritage" event was held at the Isivivana Centre, in Khayelitsha on the 30th of September by the Kagisano Khayelitsha Steering Committee in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs [...]

#OurVoteMatters: The ‘Why’ of Voting

October 15th, 2021|

As part of its agency building and strengthening of constitutionalism and democracy work, Afesis-corplan developed this pocket guide to respond specifically to the questions "why must we vote?" and “what then after we vote?". These [...]

Learning Brief #14: From re-blocking to pre-blocking

January 14th, 2021|

There is growing interest within government and the country around the concept of re-blocking. Re-blocking is the process whereby communities who have occupied land work with government and others to shift shacks and plots around [...]

Afesis-corplan comments on BCMM SDF

October 15th, 2020|

Afesis-corplan submitted comments on the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s (BCMM) draft Spatial Development Framework (SDF) which was gazetted on 14 September 2020.  Find a copy of Afesis-corplan’s submission here.  You can find a copy of [...]

Sifuna Amanzi (We Need Water)

September 11th, 2020|

Sifuna Amanzi (We Need Water) is a social justice water campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the ongoing water shortages as a result of drought and poor water infrastructure in many impoverished and resource-deprived [...]

Annual Report 2019

September 1st, 2020|

Afesis-corplan is proud to present its Annual Report for 2019. Or view the 2019 Annual Report on the website ISSUU.

Radio Interview on Municipal Budgeting

October 30th, 2019|

[Audio] Afesis-corplan local governance programme officer Lindokuhle Vellem spoke to Alfred Nzo FM on Sunday October 20, 2019 on issues relating to municipal budget processes.

Annual Report 2018

July 29th, 2019|

Afesis-corplan is proud to present it's Annual Report for 2018. Click here to view the PDF.  

To vote or not to vote

April 30th, 2019|

Don't vote By Ebrahim Fakir and Ivor Sarakinsky The primary question facing South African voters in 2019 is not who to vote for, but whether to vote at all. [...]

Annual Report 2017

December 11th, 2018|

Afesis-corplan is proud to present our Annual Report for 2017. 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 [...]

Glenmore Sports Field Refurbishment

September 18th, 2018|

[IN CASE YOU MISSED IT]: Here’s our Executive Director, Nontando Ngamlana's widely publicised media statement on the refurbishment of the Glenmore Sports Field by the Ngqushwa Local Municipality. Click to open. Refurbishment of Glenmore Sports [...]

State of Local Governance 2018 publication launch

September 3rd, 2018|

The theme of the 2018 State of Local Governance (SoLG) publication, Development Local Government: Dream Deferred? centres around three milestones - the 20 year anniversary of the White Paper on Local Government, the 15-year anniversary [...]

Accounting for Basic Services: Policy Briefs

August 16th, 2018|

In order to improve accountability and to ensure that communities’ democratic rights go beyond a simple vote towards active political participation and engagement, efforts need to be made to capacitate and enable citizens to do [...]

BCM Must Support Civic Education To Strengthen Democracy

June 22nd, 2018|

The role and participation of citizens in municipal processes and local government planning are critical for civic engagement, influencing policy, decision-making and holding government accountable. This was a message delivered by Afesis-corplan's Executive Director, Nontando [...]

BCMM Council Open Day 2018

May 18th, 2018|

On the 16th May 2018, Afesis-corplan programme staff Masixole Kente, Lindokuhle Vellem and Sikhander Coopoo attended the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality’s 2018 Council Open Day. The purpose of the Council Open Day was for BCMM [...]

Expropriation – call for comments

May 10th, 2018|

Land expropriation is a hot topic at the moment as parliament calls on the public to make submissions on the issue of expropriation without compensation by 15 June 2018.The article Expropriation: Key to more Equitable Land [...]

Afesis-corplan News Bulletin

May 3rd, 2018|

Afesis-corplan has introduced a news bulletin that contains news of the day-to-day activities of the organisation. News Bulletin #1: Call for the establishment of an urban land commission News Bulletin #2: Ngqushwa community to march against [...]

Deepening Participatory Local Governance

April 12th, 2018|

The murkiness of today’s politics demands that citizens establish organs through which they will exercise power. Ward committees were conceptualized as organs for people’s power, but it has been proven beyond doubt that this mechanism [...]

Call for the establishment of an urban land commission

April 5th, 2018|

By Afesis-corplan The idea of establishing an urban land commission to provide an appropriate institutional response to land redistribution in cities solicited a heated debate during the Urban Land Dialogue hosted by the South African [...]

Cooperatives briefed on R600m mega farming project

April 5th, 2018|

By Afesis-corplan THE Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) will spend R600-million on a farming project targeting 12 villages in Tshabo, outside King William’s Town. Afesis-corplan is drafting a social contract for the project through [...]

Urban Land Dialogue in Port Elizabeth

March 28th, 2018|

Afesis-corplan was part of the Urban Land Dialogue in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro yesterday which was hosted by South African Cities Network (SACN). Ronald Eglin was interviewed by the media and was quoted in [...]

What our Executive Director is up to…

March 22nd, 2018|

Our Executive Director, Nontando is part of a delegation of nine Ford-funded NGO leaders from west and southern Africa who are hosted by the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as part of an ARNOVA/AROCSA NGO [...]

Learning Brief #12: Equitable Access to Land

December 13th, 2017|

Land redistribution is a hot topic in South Africa. Some are saying that the constitution needs to change so as to speed up land reform and land redistribution while others claim that it is not [...]

Managed Land Settlement Training

December 13th, 2017|

Ronald Eglin gave a training presentation to students at the Wits School of Governance course on Human Settlement Policy and Management on 5 December 2017 on “An Introduction to Managed Land Settlement: from depth to width”. [...]

A new framework law for land reform

November 24th, 2017|

The much anticipated Report of the High level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental  Change was published on 22 November 2017. The report draws attention to a number of serious [...]

Comments on the Communal Land Tenure Bill

November 24th, 2017|

The emerging Land Governance Transformation Network ( LGTN), of which Afesis-corplan is a member, has made a submission on the Communal Land Tenure Bill (CLTB) to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. To see [...]

Eastern Cape Unemployment Crisis

November 3rd, 2017|

There are 216 000 more people unemployed in the Eastern Cape Now (in the July-September 2017 period) compared to the same period in 2016.  These frightening statistics emerged from the StatsSA Quarterly Labour Force Survey Quarter [...]

RECRUITING: Programme Officer

October 31st, 2017|

Afesis-corplan is looking to fill the position of Programme Officer to work specifically in knowledge management.  To view the specifications for this position click here

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 [...]


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 #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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. And for more information on upgrading of informal settlements collated by Afesis-corplan click here. The following 4 minute video provides a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

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, dairy, [...]

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) [...]

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