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.


Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it