Who should stand up? Dilemmas and contradictions in post-apartheid local governance and planning

By Hloniphile Y Simelane, Planact Operations Manager

This article has been published by the following journal:
Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Volume 97, 2018
pp. 59-82

Click on the image on the right to read more.


Defiance and delusion in municipal-driven relocations: Spring Valley

Defiance and delusion in municipal-driven relocations: the case study of Spring Valley informal settlement in Mpumalanga Province. (Working Paper_02)

By Hloniphile Simelane

Click on the image to download the research paper.

Defiance and delusion in municipal driven relocations _Spring Valley _Working Paper (02)-01

Survey Report on Basic Services in the Inner City

This study is based on the premise that exclusion and marginalisation of the poor in service delivery seems to be a continual struggle for the poor in developing countries including post-apartheid South Africa.

A partnership with the Inner City Resource Centre (ICRC) was established in order to promote collaboration in implementing programmes in the inner city, in particular, ‘bad buildings’ in Johannesburg.

Planact’s offices are located in close proximity to the inner city, thus it was also rational to include it in development programmes and demonstrate commitment in contributing to the development of low-income communities.

Click on the image to download the report (3MB)


Community Action Tools – ‘Paper Tigers Grow Teeth’

Planact has developed a set of tools to promote collaboration between communities and municipalities in development processes. Specifically, the tools serve as Planact’s Action Plan for Communities to Address Interruptions in Service Delivery. The action plan is entitled ‘Paper Tigers Grow Teeth-Participation to Empower Citizens’. It is designed to be a user-friendly intervention that communities and non-governmental organisations working with communities can use to address problems (interruptions and potential interruptions) in project delivery processes.


Documenting Planact’s History

A major recent achievement was producing a comprehensive book publication of Planact’s history over a twenty year period entitled, Making Towns and Cities Work for People: Planact in South Africa:1985-2005. This publication was made possible through a long term process that involved contributions from past staff members, board members, funders, community partners and other NGOs. These contributions were shared and debated at Planact’s 20-year anniversary conference in 2006 and culminated in the publication of a collection of 17 articles with the content broadly focusing on Planact’s organisational context; democratisation and local government; and land, housing and services. This publication, as stated in the preface, allows us the opportunity “to reach into our past in order to reinforce the key principles and values that have enabled Planact to survive and continue to make a contribution to the development of disadvantaged communities”. To read more about the publication and how to obtain a copy, click here…

Advertisement for Planact Publication: Making Towns and Cities Work For People: Planact in South Africa: 1985-2005

Participation and Development from the perspective of the poor (2008-2009)

Planact recently concluded a major research study, “Participation and Development from the perspective of the poor” with a successful research dissemination seminar held on 26 March 2010. The research documents are available at Planact’s offices as a synthesis report booklet and a CD containing all the detailed documents. All of the documents including the seminar report can also be accessed here:

Synthesis Report
Conceptual Framework
City Deep Hostel Redevelopment Case Study
Bantu Bonke Hydroponics Project Case Study
Thinasonke Ext. 4 FEDUP Pledge Project case Study
Action Research Case Studies: Orlando East/Noordgesig CDC and Vosloorus Ext. 28 Food Gardening Project

Success at a Price: How NGO advocacy led to change in SA’s PHP (2008)

In 2009, Planact completed a research project documenting the process of civil society advocacy to ensure improvements in the People’s Housing Process (PHP) policy. The research document, can be accessed here:

Success at a Price: How NGO advocacy led to change in South Africa’s People’s Housing Process by Susan Carey