Our Programmes

In order to define our focus more clearly, Planact’s work has been re-organised into three key programme areas namely; Strengthened Grassroots Voice, Responsive Living Environments and Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives.

It is through these programme areas that Planact’s work has been geared towards effective and innovative approaches to strengthen the capacity of community members and government role players to engage in participatory development processes, thus improving the quality of life particularly for poor and marginalised people.

Strengthened Grassroots Voice

This programme is set to engage with, and influence actions at national level between communities and government on development planning projects and issues that are of prime concern for underprivileged communities. The aim of the programme is to influence bureaucratic systems through improved participation, specifically at local government and add to policy regulation where necessary at a policy level through knowledgeable facts from executed pilot projects.

The Asivikelane HUBs Model

The Asivikelane HUBs Model

As our Asivikelane initiative enters its 4th year, we are changing the way we operate! An unstable VIP toilet in Thembelihle, JohannesburgRecycling in Kameeldrift. Asivikelane 2.0 will be built using multi-stakeholder platforms (Hubs) focusing on specific service...

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Social facilitation

Social facilitation

Planact supports meaningful participatory engagements between government and community members regarding local development in specific areas particularly regarding integrated human settlements development, integrated development planning, performance management plans,...

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Sub Programmes

Objectives

Participatory Budgeting, Performance & Accountability Participation & Influence in local government development processes.
Active Citizenship Shift in power – municipalities provide information willingly to citizens when required, as a practice towards accountability
in municipal affairs.

Responsive Living Environments

This programme is set to engage with, and influence actions at city wide-level with the results correlating and or contributing to the national level and referencing the results to the communities. The aim of this programme is to show evidence of different successful methods of practice in supporting citizens to achieve improvements in the quality of their settlements or neighbourhoods.

Community safety and security is a shared responsibility.

Community safety and security is a shared responsibility.

Investing in training for community safety and security patrol is important for preventing incidents and promoting a shared responsibility in safeguarding the welfare of all community members. As part of the Social Employment Fund project - safety and security theme,...

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Citizen Science In Action In Mitigation Of City Warming

Citizen Science In Action In Mitigation Of City Warming

The year 2023 was the warmest on record and the warmest by far according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). South Africa’s temperature records bear this out and show an upward...

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Sub Programmes

Objectives

Informal Settlement Upgrade • Incremental settlement development is recognised and
widely used.
• Strong coherence among communities’ approach to urban
land acquisition to reach security of tenure.
Inclusive Inner Cities • Understand and support diverse needs to create strong livelihoods within urban areas.
• Access of vulnerable communities to all available opportunities.

Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives

This programme seeks to link marginalised communities to local
economic opportunities and processes within government development programmes and private and public initiatives in efforts to promote equitable resource and opportunity distribution. Successful improvement at this level demonstrates the efficiency and success of policy and practice.

Social Employment Fund

Social Employment Fund

Through the Social Employment Fund (SEF), Planact provides community members with the opportunity to earn an income while providing their community with valuable services that support locally-driven initiatives to fulfil local needs, ultimately building local...

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Sub Programmes

Objectives

Community-Based
Organisational Development
• Confident and respected negotiations with external support (ability to tap into
available government programmes and private partnership ventures).
Livelihood Improvement • Community groups have access to resources that ensure sustainable
economic, environmental and social improvement of their livelihoods.
• Ability to determine path for self-sufficiency and reliance.