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From 16 to 17 August 2017, Isandla Institute hosted a national conference entitled Advancing Human Settlements: From Practice to Policy. The event created a platform for over 100 stakeholders from across the public, private and civil society sectors to engage around key human settlements development issues.

True collaboration with deep levels of trust and associated accountability between different role players is essential in ensuring that the needs of citizens are met.  However, collaborative efforts tend to have varying levels of success, and gaps often exist between the desires of citizens and the needs identified by government. Written collaboratively by Habitat for Humanity and Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle, Chapter 2 of the SoLG 2017 explores these issues by discussing the case of Sweet Home Farm in Phillippi, Cape Town.

The 2017 State of Local Governance was recently Launched on July 26th 2017. This year's theme recognises the importance of both accountability and collaboration as key values and activities that drive the reclaiming of local democratic space within the field of local democracy.  

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:18

SoLG Publications available for download

The State of Local Governance (SoLG) forms the cornerstone publication of the Good Governance Learning Network. Since 2008, nine SoLG publications have been produced by the network and have provided regular commentaries on the state of local governance in South Africa. These are now available to the public for download!

The Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) is proud to announce its production of a 15 minute video about the dynamics of community-led informal settlement upgrading with Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The South African alliance of community organizations and support NGOs affiliated to Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) has pioneered people-centered development initiatives by and of the poor since 1991. Acting as a core partner within the Alliance,  the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) provides us with an update on what they've been up to....

At four in the morning of Wednesday 19 July 2017, 275 low-income residents were forcefully evicted from Fattis Mansions, a residential building in inner-city Johannesburg. Over the course of a couple of hours, hundreds of security guards hauled the residents’ possessions out into the middle of the street. 

This user-friendly guide explains the rights of farm dwellers and the law in relation to evictions from farmland, and gives advice on how farm dwellers can navigate the legal processes involved in eviction proceedings and practically resist evictions.

The Socio-economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) has developed a set of legal and practical guidelines to assist those involved in the relocation process to navigate the complexities involved in planning for and carrying out a relocation. 

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Municipal debt to Eskom currently stands between an impressive nine and ten billion Rands. In June 2017, during a briefing to Parliament, Members were told that Eskom had made payment arrangements with altogether 62 indebted municipalities.

In Vukuzenzele not having a title deed has prevented residents from accessing the benefits of formal City structures. Because of a complex set of irregularities during its construction 20 years ago, all 235 People’s Housing Process (PHP) houses in Vukuzenzele do not have formal title. PEP explores this further...

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