Urban development

Developing Communities

The Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF) will be hosting a four-day conference and exhibition titled Developing Communities from 12-15 October 2008 in Cape Town.

The conference, which also features speakers in the field, will expose delegates to the latest housing information. The programme will include speakers who are experts in their field.

In light of the SAHF and CIH United Kingdom agreement on promoting the dissemination of information and supporting educational initiatives to highlight community development issues, an interesting programme will be presented.

Land First: An Innovative Strategy to Accelerate Housing Delivery

An interesting debate over new approaches to housing delivery has been going on within civil society circles. Much of this seems to revolve around the need for government to adopt a land-first approach in order to increase the pace of housing delivery across the country.

The need for such a land-first approach is deemed more urgent now than ever before as landmark dates such as 2014, by which time government commits itself to “a nation free of slums”, approach.

Civil society reviews local government

While more South Africans than ever before have access to basic services like water and sanitation, most people perceive local government to be in crisis, with many municipalities incapable of managing finances, delivering basic services and complying with legislation.

Even so, over the last 10 years, local government legislation has become entrenched with ordinary people participating directly in their own governance. The success of two local government elections has also marked the consolidation of formal political democracy at local level.

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