• 13 Mar 2017

In collaboration with the University of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlement presented an accredited training course on Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements from 6 to 10 February at the UCT Sports Science Institute in Cape Town. The Development Action Group (DAG) and the Isandla Institute organised and facilitated the course – which was focused on informal settlement upgrading in line with Provincial Strategic Goal 4: Enable a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment – in collaboration with various sector practitioners and partners.

This course was designed to enable municipal representatives (councilors and officials) to understand informal settlement upgrading policies, programmes and strategies in relation to its broader social, economic, legal, financial and political context. The aim of the course is threefold: (1) to enhance the understanding of municipal representatives of the provincial policy context for informal settlement upgrading, (2) to create a forum for municipal representatives to share experiences and lessons related to informal settlements and upgrading, and (3) to strengthen the knowledge and capability of municipal representatives to drive, support and/or implement incremental and participatory upgrading.

In collaboration with DAG, Habitat for Humanity SA facilitated a session on Day 3 which focussed on options for tenure, design, services and facilities in informal settlement upgrading, which was set against the backdrop of the provincial Informal Settlements Support Plan. The ISSP was formulated by the Isandla Institute in partnership with DAG, Habitat for Humanity SA and PDG, where Habitat for Humanity SA undertook the formulation of design and tenure options for incremental settlement upgrading. The session was aimed at elevating informal settlement upgrading best practice by outlining a flexible and responsive approach to upgrading informal settlements, with a specific emphasis on co-production and incremental options. The course was attended by numerous provincial officials and 49 municipal representatives from 20 local municipalities across the Western Cape.