Who We Are

VPUU is an area-based community development organisation that aims at safe, sustainable, integrated communities, citizenship, pride and the improvement of quality of life for residents in their neighbourhoods through a comprehensive range of urban improvements and social interventions.

We are committed to co-creating safe and sustainable neighbourhoods to improve people’s quality of life.


VPUU began as a partnership between the City of Cape Town, the German Development Bank (KfW) and the community of Khayelitsha in September 2005. The partnership has since been extended to include the Western Cape Government, National Treasury, international agencies, NGOs, CBOs and other communities. Co-funded by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the City of Cape Town, National Treasury, other public and third party funding and implemented by AHT Group AG and Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood (SUN) Development Pty Ltd. In April 2013, VPUU NPC was established to implement VPUU in the Western Cape.


Cornerstones to our approach are human development and sustainability underpinned by a paradigm shift from where the state defines problems and assembles resources to one of partnership between community, state and civil society who jointly identify and tackle local problems.

Key principles of the programme include:

  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Voluntarism
  • Participatory and developmental approach
  • Mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Local ownership


VPUU aims at reducing crime, increasing safety and security and improving the living and social conditions of communities through urban improvements and social interventions. Based on a structured, participatory approach, VPUU focuses on assisting with the improvement of the level of safety, social cohesion factors, community data and the willingness of the local community and other partners to cooperate in implementing a transformation programme.