Informal Settlements

The manifestation of climate injustice

Following the new UN report on climate change and agricultural land use, how will climate change affect communities in informal urban areas

Civil society requires a reorientation

Informal settlement clusters are a way to improve people’s participation in local government

Informal economies are diverse

South African policies need to recognise thi

Funding focus should be lower-cost urban housing

Increasing housing delivery to address the demand is unlikely to be achieved any time soon given low economic growth and fiscal consolidation

In the business of building shacks

Sheffield Road in Philippi has become one of the city’s best-known places to buy a shack, where builders make a living providing affordable housing.

ANC ward wars: Strife begins at 40

A vicious attack on an ANC meeting has exposed the bitter divisions in the 'Nkandla of the Cape.'

Khaya Dlanga: The villages are possessed by hopelessness

A trip to the Transkei for a funeral turns into a time of reflection on the violence and futility in today's villages for Khaya Dlanga.

Shacks are the new normal

A university study has highlighted the challenges facing the urban poor - and proposed ways to make the best of all they are likely to get.

Protesters complain of intimidation

A perceived government clampdown on dissent in the Themb'elihle informal settlement has increased militancy and the chances of violence.

Human rights commission raises stink on township toilets

The South African Human Rights Commission has cast light on the issue of water and sanitation in the country's informal settlements.

Evicted community appeals to Constitutional Court

A Gauteng community's appeal to the Constitutional Court has turned the spotlight on the need for municipalities to consult when evicting squatters.

All calm in Kya Sands

Kya Sands informal settlement, where 16 people were attacked earlier this week, was quiet on Thursday, Gauteng police said.


Democracy will flounder sans Stats SA

As the government bails out state-owned entities, it is leaving a hole in the budget of the agency tasked with telling us what South Africa looks like — one that is crucial to government decisions

The Facebook group taking on South Africa’s white right

Online battle over the ‘white genocide’ narrative on social media has dangerous real-world consequences

Trolley tender causes Acsa eruption

Stolen contract exposes rift in the senior ranks at the state airport’s management companies

Press Releases

Scatec Solar begins another Upington project

SPONSORED Scatec Solar and partners have once again grid connected in the ZF Mgcawu District, and started early...

Over R400-m given to businesses since launch of three-minute overdraft

The 3-minute overdraft radically reduces the time it takes for businesses to have their working capital needs met

Tourism can push Africa onto a new path – minister

The continent is fast becoming a dynamic sought-after tourist destination

South Africa’s education system is broken and unequal, and must be fixed without further delay

The Amnesty International report found that the South African government continues to miss its own education upgrading targets

Business travel industry generates billions

Meetings Africa is ready to take advantage of this lucrative opportunity

Conferences connect people to ideas

The World Expo and Meetings Africa are all about stimulating innovation – and income