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Overview of Umgababa.
South Africa’s urban population has increased by 10% between 1990 and 2011. The movement of people into the cities has impacted the housing deficit with growing informal settlements.
In the Umgababa project we wanted to address the reasons for urbanisation as some of the reasons why rural communities move. By partnering and working with the community, we are helping create economically and socially vibrant settlements.
Our work will mean the people of Umgababa are more likely to invest in their own communities instead of moving to the cities.
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”It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all,
especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalised.”
~ Nelson Mandela, at his 90th Birthday Dinner, Hyde Park, London, England, 25 June 2008
The Umgababa project is located about 45km south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The community lives in scattered villages, many of which are small, in need of repair and vulnerable to storms.
In many cases these homesteads are occupied by child-headed families, pensioners or vulnerable groups. The geographic remoteness of the locations posed infrastructural challenges. How could we bring the community to participate in their own development?
Our solution was to train key community leaders in organisational development. To date, 60% of the leadership training has been completed. These leaders are then able to go back to their communities and hold workshops with the home partners.
We also partnered with the eThekwini Municipality Skills Development Unit and the eThekwini Expanded Public Works Programme Department to fund and coordinate training for 180 people in construction related skills. Each will receive official SETA accreditation and will assist with the construction of the homes.
The National Home Builders Registration Council is also partnering with the eThekwini Municipality Skills Development Unit to fund the training of 14 emerging sub-contractors who will be employed within the construction programme.
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