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Milton Court Clean Up Campaign in the News PDF 

As a part of Planact's Integrated Human Settlements Programme, Planact has been involved in a pilot project in two buildings in inner city Johannesburg. The project aims to improve the living conditions for residents in inner city buildings through physical upgrading and improved management structures. Milton Court is one of the buildings where an incremental upgrading approach has been adopted. The idea is that residents will partake in all the upgrading processes in the building. In conjunction with key partners Planact has begun with assisting residents with a cleanup campaign. Read all about the residents progress in the Star Newspaper:


Planact Presents at Nairobi Housing Workshop PDF 

Planact Project Officer Simon Sizwe Mayson joined board member Prof Marie Huchzermeyer for a housing workshop hosted by the ADD school at Nairobi University in Kenya, from 8-11 March 2012. The workshop featured the launch of Prof Huchzermeyer's two most recent books, 'Cities With Slums' and 'Tenement Cities' - results of her in-depth research in the 'slum' areas around Nairobi. Attendees at the workshop included researchers, government housing officials, private architectural and housing development firms, and local community organisations.


Simon speaks to an informal seller representative in Kibera

Simon presented research on the informal rooms/ spaces for rent typology common accross inner city Johannesburg and other African cities. Given the seemingly expansive supply and demand for this subdivided/ communal accommodation type, it is essential that policymakers and development organisations know more about how it works. Planact is developing a pilot project in organisational development and 'bad building' upgrading in the Joburg inner city.

In addition to the workshop, Marie and Simon visited a 'decant site' where residents of the Kibera settlement had been moved, Huruma tenements where Marie performed much of her research, as well as a community-initiated and run sanitation project. It was very interesting to see people initiating projects entirely on their own, without the external support that poorer communities often get in South Africa.

Simon would like to thank the Wits International Office for their genererous funding that facilitated the visit.


Prof Huchzermeyer presents on Nairobi's multi-storey tenement market


Simon and Marie visited a community-run community sanitation project

World Urban Forum, Brazil, 2010 PDF 
Planact's Local Governance Programme Coordinator, Mike Makwela, participated in the World Urban Forum held in Rio de Janero, Brazil from the 22nd to 26th March 2010 as part of a delegation of civil society organisations from South Africa sponsored by Cordaid including representatives from Development Action Group (DAG), Built Environment Support Group (BESG), and Afesis-Corplan. The delegation also engaged in a learning exchange programme visiting similarly-focused civil society organisations in Brazil, municipalities, and different settlement developments.