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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...

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:37

Imizamo Yethu on Fire

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The disastrous fire on the 11th of March 2017 that left thousands of residents in Imizamo Yethu destitute rallied a call to action from the state, civil society and NGO’s; Ikhayalami was one such organization that rallied to the cause. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:00

The Empower Shack Project

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The Empowershack project is a collaborative design and build project coordinated between the community of BT Section, Site C Khayeltisha and Ikhayalami in partnership with ETHZ. The aim of the project is to take re-blocking to a whole new level – both spatially by going vertical and with a commitment to creating permanent footprints – all this in line with a concept termed incremental to compliance.

How can daily saving help to generate income ? The experiences of FEDUP’s urban poor women offer tangible answers. This story is told by Nontombi, who lives in Samora informal settlement, in Philippi, Cape Town. 

Last modified on Monday, 04 September 2017 10:11

Similar to many other NGO-type civil society organisations, the CDRA has grappled with its role, purpose and contribution in a change social change and development context. Due to a number of events in our more recent life-cycle, it became evident that we can no longer operate and offer services in isolation from peer organisations and other social change actors.  

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 09:34

Meet the 2017 BESG Team

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After 2 very lean years financially in 2014/2015, the Build Environment Support Group (BESG) has been engaged in a deep process of rebuilding, restructuring, and planning for the next two years of putting in place a succession plan for our Executive Director, Cameron Brisbane.  

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