Rural development

Managing Sustainable Livelihoods for the Poor: Understanding and Applying the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach

Registration Deadline: 13 February 2009

Khanya-African Institute for Community driven Development (Khanya-aicdd) in partnership with the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State, is conducting a four day course on Managing Sustainable Livelihoods for the Poor: Understanding and Applying the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach from 23-26 February 2009 in Johannesburg.

Aim of Course

EC Housing Department to Train Unemployed Graduates

The Eastern Cape housing department has announced that unemployed graduates will soon be trained to assist the province’s rural communities on how to access government funds for housing.

Ddepartment spokesperson, Lwandile Sicwetsha says the move follows the department’s launch of a R3.6 million “housing education consumer” project aimed at helping communities gain access to subsidy programmes.

People’s Housing Process: Enhanced!

Communities can look forward to greater involvement in housing delivery thanks to the approval of a new policy, the Enhanced People’s Housing Process (ePHP), adopted in July 2008 to replace the old PHP programme. This policy is the result of lengthy negotiations with the National Department of Housing (NDoH) on the part of a handful of NGOs, dating back to 2004. The new policy adopts a broader definition of PHP, allowing for greater flexibility and choice while maintaining the central principles of people-centred development.  The policy framework states:

Land Bank Recovering, More Cash Needed

Acting land claims commissioner Blessing Mphela has admitted that mistakes had been made in setting up partnerships between private sector operators and restitution beneficiaries.

Responding to the provisional liquidation of a major strategic farming partner, South African Farm Management, Mphela points out that investigation of problems with strategic partnerships had begun, particularly in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. He says the investigations will focus on allegations of poor financial disclosure and the way strategic partners had been appointed.

APF Questions Quality of RDP Houses

The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) has raised concerns about the quality of RDP houses in South Africa. This comes after an incident in which an RDP house collapsed due to a powerful storm, killing 49-year old mother, Maria Mathebula and injuring two of her children.

The incident took place in Molalane village in the Maruleng area, east of the Limpopo Province last week, when a powerful storm ravaged houses leaving many families homeless.

Community Driven Projects: Reflections on a Success Story

Community-Driven Projects: Reflections on a Success Story tells the remarkable tale of an African community empowering itself with education and information and communication technology (ICT). The Siyabuswa Educational Improvement and Development Trust (SEIDET), the product of a local initiative in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, was initially conceived to remedy the shortcomings of science education at the local schools, but grew into a vibrant effort which continues to provide teenagers and adults with vital skills for participating in the modern economy.

APF Criticises Government Over RDP Houses

The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) has blamed government for the death of a 49-year old Limpopo woman who was crushed to death when a pile of bricks fell on her during a storm that damaged RDP houses in Hoedspruit.

APF spokesperson, Silumko Radebe, said: "It is a fact that the quality of RDP houses is of a poor standard and the government doesn't hide this point."

IOL has quoted Radebe as saying, “A storm is a natural disaster that we don't plan for and it can hit at anytime causing havoc... but for me they (government) are the guilty party”

New Fund for Emerging Farmers

The department of agriculture (DoA) has entered into a partnership with Khula Enterprise Finance to extend financial services to emerging farmers and agri-businesses.

This follows the signing of an agreement in Pretoria this week by Department of Agriculture director general Njabulo Nduli and Kuhla Enterprise Finance managing director, Xola Sithole, which will see the establishment of the Khula-Mafisa Fund.

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