This submission was developed to inform the post-Breaking New Ground (BNG) human settlements policy and legislative. It has been prepared by the Cape Town NGO Collaborative Initiative, a collective of urban sector organisations with a wide range of expertise and experience in progressive practice around participatory and incremental informal settlement upgrading, and human settlements development more broadly, in South Africa.
This product was jointly developed by Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Development Action Group (DAG), Habitat for Humanity South Africa, Isandla Institute, People’s Environmental Planning (PEP), Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle (UBU) and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU).
We believe informal settlement upgrading is key to developing inclusive, liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods and addressing urban poverty and inequality in South Africa. Our collective aim is to promote the recognition of participatory and incremental informal settlement upgrading as a core strategy for ensuring access to housing, basic services and social amenities (including social facilities and public spaces) for the urban poor. We wish to see these issues clearly articulated in the new White Paper on Human Settlements (referred to hereafter as the White
Paper) and enabling legislation.
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