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News Journal, May-July 2019

Our July 2019 News Journal is out. Check it out!

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Planact on KayaFM 95.9

Aired on 14 May 2019

Now that the elections have come and gone, John Perlman asks: What mechanisms are there to hold politicians accountable beyond the elections? He is joined by Mike Makwela from Planact and […]

Civil Society’s reorientation: Informal settlement clusters

Civil Society’s reorientation: informal settlement clusters, a means to improve community participation and bring systemic change in local governance, by Dr Hloniphile Simelane

‘How can someone participate (effectively) in something she/he doesn’t understand?’ […]

[RADIO SERIES] Planact on Emalahleni FM 98.7FM


Planact, a non-governmental organisation promoting participatory governance and accountability of municipalities, has partnered with eMalahleni FM, community radio station broadcasting in eMalahleni Local Municipality in Witbank to educate the […]

Planact News Journal April 2019

Our April 2019 News Journal is out. Check it out!

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Planact December 2018 News Journal

Our December 2018 News Journal is out. Check it out!

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Planact July 2018 News Journal out!

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PRESS STATEMENT: Planact welcomes Parliamentary Inquiry

09 May 2018



Johannesburg – Planact welcomes the parliamentary inquiry into the financial crisis ravaging the Department of Water and Sanitation. Results from the […]

[VIDEO] Inter-Metro Dialogue on Social Audits in Gauteng

[WATCH] Our Inter-Metro Dialogue video. This dialogue was held on 21 February 2018 at the renowned OR Tambo Cultural Precinct. We hosted communities from across the City of Joburg and City of Ekurhuleni to share […]

[Video] Budgeting For Change in KwaZenzele Informal Settlement

[VIDEO] Watch our latest 5 minute film on #BudgetingForChange

The film explores the real life issues facing people living in squalid conditions on the margins of Ekurhuleni. Shot in KwaZenzele Informal Settlement, the […]

Social Production of Habitat – WUF9 Kuala Lumpur

Planact was part of the Social Production of Habitat – WUF9 Kuala Lumpur on 11 February 2018

This section is a part of: Urban Debates
The notion of social production […]

Planact News Journal April 2018

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THE NEVER ENDING HOUSING CHALLENGE: Reflection on Thembelihle informal settlement

Written by Siphiwe Segodi in his capacity as Programme Coordinator at Planact
*Siphiwe Segodi is currently also chairperson of the Thembelihle Crisis Committee

At the rally in Soccer City stadium, few days after his release, Nelson Mandela made important remarks regarding housing during his speech. He stated that when his party assumed power government would build better houses, and not the “match-boxes” that the apartheid government built for Africans in townships in particular. This statement gave hope to millions of previously marginalised communities. However, after two decades of democracy, many informal settlements residents lack access to decent shelter and tenure security. Thembelihle is an informal settlement in the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) comprising 7 000 households which has been engaged in a struggle to change the situation. While it would be unfair to completely disregard efforts made by government to address the housing problem since then, indications are that the country seem to be fighting a losing battle. What has been the government’s approach to the challenge? How have the marginalised communities responded? The experience of Thembelihle provides insights into these questions. […]

Planact presents at 2nd annual SANAMI

01-February 2018: As part of our work in promoting active citizenship, Planact was invited to present their experience on the importance of accountability, monitoring and evaluation for mining communities.

As a presenter at the 2nd Annual […]

Our December 2017 News Journal

Enjoy our latest News Journal with brief stories on different projects from over the last months.

[EVENT] Inter-community dialogue on the Corridors of Freedom

You are kindly invited to an inter-community discussion to consolidate findings on public participation in the Corridors of Freedom research project facilitated by Planact and the University of Witwatersrand School of Architecture […]

PRESS STATEMENT: Thembelihle Makes PAIA Request to Joburg Water


On the 23rd of August 2017, residents from Thembelihle Informal Settlement submitted a Promotion of Access to Information […]

EVENT: Student-Stakeholder Workshop on Informal Settlement Upgrading

Our Operations Manager, Dr Hloniphile Simelane will be presenting on NGO perspectives on participation: Planact (social audit and participation) at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Event: Student-Stakeholder […]

Planact signs MoU with CMRA

Planact has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA). CMRA, a Pretoria based, technical service provider in local government in Southern Africa.
The MoU […]

[PUBLICATION] Planact contributes to the State of Local Governance

Planact has contributed to this year’s State of Local Governance Publication themed “Navigating Accountability and Collaboration in local governance: Perspectives From Civil Society On Local Governance In South Africa.”

As a long standing member of the Good Governance Learning Network (GGLN), a network of non-profit organisations that aims to share knowledge on the promotion of participatory, effective, accountable and democratic local governance; Planact’s contribution, written by Nomcebo Dlamini is entitled, “The Role of Collaboration in Social Accountability Mechanisms: A Case Study of a Social Audit in Emalahleni Local Municipality.”


Corridors of Freedom Orlando & Noordgesig Brief


Theme: The impact of large scale urban spatial developments on communities: The case of […]

Event: Civil Society Dialogue on Participation Strategies in Transit-Oriented Development

12 July 2017Invitation to A Civic Society Dialogue on Participation Strategies in Transit Oriented Development with Civil Society Organisations In Johannesburg and London. 

Planact and Wits University (School of Architecture & Planning) are partners […]

Wattville Update: A string of good news after social audit findings

4 July 2017 – Following the presentation of social audit findings by the Wattville community leaders, last week, there have been a string of good news for the three informal settlements. On the 27th of […]

Wattville Informal Settlements presenting social audit findings

27 June 2017 – Community representatives from Harry Gwala, Homeseekers and Emlotheni in Wattville, shared their findings of the collaborative social audit conducted on the outsourced sanitation service in the three informal settlements and tabled […]

Big Screen goes to Nasaret, Middelburg

Young people in Nasaret, Middelburg were privileged to view the movie, Vaya, in their community before it goes commercial at the end of this year. This edutainment activity aims to inspire young people to realise […]

Our June 2017 News Journal Is OUT!

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Planact on PowerFM98.7 – F.L.I.S.P

[LISTEN] Planact radio interview on PowerFM98.7 discussing Finance Linked Individual Subsidy Programme (FLISP) covering the following:

Background behind FLISP
Who the target audience is
Experiences with beneficiaries of FLISP in terms of impact. […]

Thembelihle and Orange Farm Submissions to City of Joburg

Orange Farm and Thembelihle community members made their priority service delivery submissions to the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) draft 2017/2018 budget on the 25th of April 2017.

Over the last months, both communities, located in Region G, requested support from Planact to engage the municipality more deeply on specific service delivery challenges. They, then, went above and beyond by conducting their own analysis of the CoJ budget and invested heavily in putting together detailed submissions that engage with the information in the budget and drew on their own experiences and priorities in their community.


Communities Analyse the City’s Budget

16 May 2017– Residents from Orange Farm and Thembelihle are going above and beyond by conducting their own analysis of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) budget and investing heavily in putting together detailed submissions that […]

[Event] Planact’s Dialogue on Active Citizenship in Mining Affected Communities

In a democratic South Africa, active participation by communities is important. The reality is that communities are often not aware of the space nor the impact that they may have on these spaces and their […]

Media Alert: Informal Settlements Conduct Social Audit in Wattville

10 May 2017 – Three informal settlements in Wattville, Ekurhuleni, are currently conducting a social audit to monitor the sanitation in their communities. Sanitation, in these informal settlements, is an outsourced service for the delivery […]

Planact’s community development workshop in Nasaret, Community Hall

Empowering Women & Young People in Breyten

Planact’s work has extended to Breyten in Middelburg to address the needs and concerns of women and youth that are often overlooked.
The aim of the project is to capacitate rural women and youth living in […]

Factsheet – Active Citizenship in Rockdale, Mpumalanga

Planact’s Factsheet on our work in Rockdale, Mpumalanga.

Special Movie Screening for Orlando/ Noordgesig Youth

31 March 2017 – Young people in Orlando / Noordgesig were treated to a special screening of Vaya The Movie by Planact in partnership with the Future Film Training Trust, this week.

Vaya is a South […]

Finally! Clean running water for Spring Valley Informal Settlement

30 March 2017 – Community members in Spring Valley Informal Settlement, in Emalahleni, can finally open taps to clean, regular and running water after a long struggle with poor and limited access for over twenty […]

Corridors of Freedom Indepth Interview – Orlando East

The Corridors of Freedom are a City of Johannesburg project that is expected to change the way that some of the older parts of the city look by creating more housing as well as work […]

Planact News Journal – March 2017

The March 2017 News Journal is OUT!

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[Listen] Planact on Motsweding FM 87.9 1 March 2017

On 1 March 2017, Planact was invited to feature on the show – Kopa Dilalelo, on Motsweding FM for an hour long slot on the following:
Planact’s part in ensuring that it encourages development in […]

Thembelihle Condemns #ForeignerMarch in Pretoria

The Thembelihle Crisis Committee, a recipient of the Most Integrated Community Award, strongly condemns the attacks on foreign nationals currently underway in Pretoria.

The attacks violates the spirit of Ubuntu, undermines social cohesion and development of […]

A Youthful Spring in Breyten’s Step

In February 2017, the Planact team headed out to Breyten for a workshop that would begin the partnership between the organisation and the community. The Women and Youth Development in Mining Towns Project centres on […]

Corridors of Freedom – Public Engagement – Orange Grove Precinct

13th February 2017, Spark Road Gallery, Orange Grove

Revitalising established old areas of the City is one of the main objectives of the Corridors of Freedom. Introducing new high density housing, more social amenities and business […]

Orange Farm & Thembelihle Municipal Budget Analysis Training

Two day training on Municipal Budget Process and Analysis for two communities – Orange Farm and Thembelihle. Training includes knowing how the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and municipal budgets work. This programme is facilitated by […]

Planact on Motsweding FM 89.6 – 2 Feb 2017

[LISTEN] Our Senior Programme Coordinator, Mike Makwela talks about decision-making, governance and accountability.

Orlando East & Noordgesig Comes Top At 9 Urban Biotopes

Noordgesig and Orlando East, in Soweto, have been selected under the Nine Urban Biotopes (9UB) as a success story by the European Commission.

In 2014, Planact and seven exchange students from Germany undertook a task to […]

Unbearable Living Conditions at Vosloorus Hostels

Residents at the Vosloorus Men’s hostel are calling for urgent attention to the upgrading of their inhabitable hostels, among other things.
The hostels were initially constructed as Police Barracks and have not upgraded ever since despite […]

Alternative Mining Indaba – Planact to Facilitate

Planact has been invited to present at the South African National Alternative Mining Indaba (SANAMI) in Johannesburg on Monday 30th January 2017.

The presentation will focus on our research on the impact of the Social and […]

Our Chairperson makes 100 Most Influential List

Our Chairperson of the Board of Directors made the list of 100 Most influential South Africans in the Leadership and Civil Society Category.

We are very proud of him!

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Breyten Youth Need Support

Young people in Breyten, Mpumalanga, are keen to improve their lives and fight unemployment.  In 2015, the youth began planning an initiative to improve the computer literacy in their community through purchasing a container to […]

Untapped potential for women in Breyten

The vibrant community of Breyten has untapped potential for marginalised women who are resilient in sustaining their livelihoods even with unequal employment opportunities.

Breyten is a small farming town in the Mpumalanga province which has a […]

PRESS STATEMENT – Thembelihle Scoops Most Integrated Community Award

12 December 2016

Thembelihle Scoops Most Integrated Community Award in South Africa

Johannesburg – Thembelihle Crisis Committee (TCC) has been awarded the most integrated community award at the Mkhaya Migrant Award, an initiative of the Department of […]

Social Audit Training in Wattville

Introducing the social audit methodology to the leadership of Emlotheni, Harry Gwala, and HomeSeekers in preparation for a collaborative social audit coming up in 2017.

This project is supported by the Open Society Foundation for South […]

Our December 2016 NewsJournal is OUT!

The latest Issue of our Planact News Journal (December 2016) is OUT!

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Corridors of Freedom Preliminary Findings Presentation

Planact has hosted its 2nd discussion forum to roll out findings from preliminary interviews and social mapping in the corridors of freedom (CoF). The […]

INVITATION: Corridors Social Mapping Presentation

Join us this Friday, 18th November 2016! Details below.

Financial Literacy for community leaders

Planact  in collaboration with Charter Academy and ABSA hosted an interactive Financial Literacy Training on the 10th of November 2016. Attendees included community representatives from areas such as Wattville, Soweto (Orlando […]

Wattville Urban Development Framework Proposed

Planact attended the Wattville Community Stakeholders Forum facilitated by the re-elected Ward Councillor Jabulani Sibiya. The purpose of this event was for the Councillor to introduce the idea of a Urban Development Framework […]

Vosloorus Hostel residents meet Planact

The committee from Vosloorus Hostels, situated south of Boksburg and just east of Katlehong in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality, approached Planact for assistance with improvement of their living conditions. On the evening of the […]

Planact Tours with International Students

Last week, Planact was invited to accompany a group of international students and lecturers to Cosmo City, in Johannesburg for a site visit as part of the Global Suburbanism […]

[Update] 100 selected for MyJoziMoves Research

Planact has randomly selected hundred (100) participants for the My Jozi Moves research from our different communities. Participants each received android cellphones from which they will download the movement tracking app.

The selection criteria […]

Masakhane Community Empowered

Planact, this week, has trained community leaders in the Masakhane settlement, just outside Witbank, to better understand their how local government works.

The specific objective for this initiative is to empower marginalised communities in […]

Participate in our Transport Research via your phone!

Planact has recently joined forces with the Gauteng City-Region Observatory (CGRO) and The WITS School of Architecture and Planning on a ground-breaking new research project on transport in the Gauteng City-Region. We want […]

KYD Official Launch in KwaZenzele

The Kwasa Youth Development Committee (KYD) in partnership with Planact celebrated Heritage & Habitat Day in Kwazenzele on the 24th September 2016. This was part of KYD’s official launch to the Kwazenzele community as a […]

Arbor Day Campaign in Kwazenzele

The Kwazenzele Youth Development Committee (KYD) in partnership with Planact celebrated Arbor Day on Thursday 8th September 2016 as part of the National Arbor Week awareness campaign. Lesedi Local Municipality managed to donate 20 trees for the event with the help of Molefe, an employee of the municipality and a local resident of Kwazenzele. KYD celebrated the event by planting trees indigenous all round Kwazenzele with the assistance of local community residents, which is a settlement comprising of both developed and undeveloped parcels of land. This included collecting the trees and tools from the municipality, digging up holes throughout Kwazenzele to plant the trees, as well as water them soon after they have been planted. Residents of Kwazenzele were pleased to see members of KYD planting trees along the main roads.


Members of Kwazenzele Youth Development committee planting trees. […]

Planact 30th Anniversary, August 2016

Reflections on Planact’s role in South African history

This briefing outlines Planact’s unique role in transforming South African communities over the last 30 years. On August 26, 2016, Planact will commemorate the organisation’s 30 year anniversary with a one day celebration, where founders, funders, community leaders, local development practitioners and sector partners will reflect on the theme ‘Towards a realisation of inclusive urban development and deepened democracy’.

Planact 1 Planact staff engaging with the Spring Valley community for the water campaign.


Planact News Journal (August 2016)

The latest Issue of our Planact News Journal (August 2016) is OUT!

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Corridors of Freedom Consultative Meeting – Post Event Report

The consultative meeting aimed to bring together development practitioners, academic, and community based organisations, communities, and municipalities to discuss pressing developmental challenges with the view of mapping out a way forward…to the concerned institutions and organisations.

After the meeting, we expected to have:

  • An enhanced understanding of the corridors of freedom project
  • Gathered views and concerns of the residents
  • Understood the role of Planact, City of Johannesburg, and Wits University


64 bins distributed to KwaZenzele community

On the 30th of June 2016, Planact distributed 64 bins to the KwaZenzele community after a request on the need for bins to minimise littering and environmental pollution. During the […]

‘One Stop Shop’ Precinct Plan for Wattville

Planact, together with the Wattville Ward Councillor Sibiya are currently putting together a precinct plan which will guide future development and ultimately integrate municipal service in one area.

The project’s Terms of Reference require the Precinct […]

[Project] Wattville locates possible sites for Aerotropolis

Planact is currently assisting with the organisational development of the Aerotropolis Primary Housing Cooperative and simultaneously locating possible sites for pilot projects in Wattville.

One of the earmarked sites on Market Street in Boksburg has, unfortunately, […]

Planact Undertakes Sanitation Check

At the beginning of June 2016, Planact together with four community members from KwaZenzele Phase II conducted a sanitation assessment on the number of functional toilet facilities in the area. The assessment was based on […]

[Advocacy] Planact supports #StopTheSale of Tafelberg [9 June 2016]

With a special place in the history of community development and democratisation in South Africa for over 30 years, Planact continues to promote active citizenship, not only in Johannesburg but also in the rest of […]

Hope for end to Spring Valley water challenges

Persistent lobbying of the Nkangala District Municipality finally yielded positive outcomes as the District agreed to fund a solar powered water pump to replace  generators. The contract for the solar pump has been advertised and […]

SAVE THE DATE – Corridors of Freedom Consultative Meeting

Planact in partnership with the University of Witwatersrand (School of Architecture & Planning) is undertaking a comparative analysis of governance innovations in large scale urban developments in Johannesburg (Corridors of Freedom). Planact has started a […]

Planact News Journal (May 2016)

The latest Issue of our Planact News Journal (May 2016) is OUT!

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Planact May 2016 News Journal

A look back at Planact’s Efforts towards a United Africa

As we celebrate #AfricaDay2016, we look back at efforts by Planact to conscientize communities on the disconnect between the lack of service delivery and the presence of foreigners in their community.

On the 27th […]

KwaZenzele Youth take a leaf out of Kguthatso Youth’s Centre

On the 17th of May 2016, Kwasa Youth Development (KYD) together with Planact visited the Kguthatso Youth Information Centre in Leandra, Mpumalanga. This visit was to enable members of KYD to understand the processes that […]

Ground breaking ruling to benefit Spring Valley

The ruling by the Gauteng High Court on informal settlements upgrading is a victory that should be celebrated not only in Slovo Park, but in all informal settlements that have previously failed to get their […]

Of local government elections and community development

Local government elections are undoubtedly the most contested spaces of any election in South Africa. Local government elections are a political hotbed as they determine who controls municipal financial resources, power relations of the local […]

KwaZenzele Phase II to get waste bins

Planact in partnership with the community of Kwazenzele are in the process of acquiring waste bins for every household in the KwaZenzele Phase II Informal Settlement, near Springs in the East Rand in Johannesburg.

On the […]

Kwazenzele Youth establish own development committee

The youth in Kwazenzele have established a youth development committee that will assist in addressing some of the challenges they are faced with in their community.

Issues such as job creation, establishing a youth centre, securing […]

Upcoming Workshop – Housing and Inner City Programmes Discussion

Planact will be hosting a workshop on behalf of the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) to present programmes that have been developed to the NGO community for some critical questions, thoughts and suggestions.
The JDA has been […]

Planact takes part in urban development study in London

Planact Senior Programme Coordinator, Mike Makwela, will join the delegation attending a workshop on a comparative study of large urban development projects in London, Johannesburg and Shanghai, to be held in London from 19 – […]

Spring Valley Social Audit: Water Delivery Service by trucks

Planact has added another project that aims to empower citizens to conduct social audits in their communities by encouraging monitoring and evaluation of service delivery and development projects delivered by their local municipalities.

A social audit […]

Planact contributes to UN New Urban Agenda

Planact participated in the generation of the New Urban Agenda declaration for the 21st century at the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements which took place in Pretoria (7-8 April 2016).

The New Urban Agenda […]