Planact’s work in strengthening marginalised communities involves informal settlement upgrading. Spring Valley is one of the programme areas that Planact has supported since 2010.

Spring Valley is identified in official records as Ptn 71 squatter, Nuway or Springvalley squatters, D3, eMalahleni South. It is one of two of the largest settlements in eMalahleni South including an estimated 1,149 units (amounting to approximately 3,000 people). Some people are reported to have occupied the area since 1988.