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We won’t fix development until we fix our municipalities
July, 2020 Housing, Response to COVID-19
Citizens have been reduced to passive beneficiaries of state assistance which often never arrives By Noah Schermbrucker 30 July 2020 The state “must deliver” and the poor “must wait”. Poor citizens are no longer active participants in their own development, and until this changes we will not be able ...
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Small towns are missing the chance to change apartheid’s geography
November, 2019 Housing
With political will, it can be done By Noah Schermbrucker and Olwethu Jack 8 November 2019 Along the tarmac arteries that connect South Africa’s major cities are the small towns. The tin roofs of informal settlements blend into layers of government housing: standard houses that are “copied and pasted” ...
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PEP COLLABORATION WITH AFRICAN CENTRE FOR CITIES
November, 2019 Housing
Over the last two years PEP has worked with African Centre for Cities to produce two high quality booklets which illustrate the lived experiences and histories of residents in the Ruo Emoh and Hazeldean housing projects. The research (and subsequent booklet) is based on a carefully designed, community responsible ...
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OU KAMP INFORMAL SETTLEMENT TAKES OWNERSHIP OF THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENT
November, 2019 Waste Management
As part of Provincial Governments Informal Settlement Support Programme (ISSP) PEP has been working with the Ou Kamp Informal Settlement in Struisbaai, Agulhas to create a new model of community centered development. Over the last 8 months we have worked towards establishing accountable community structures who can engage with ...
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PEP Attends CSIR’s “Off the Wall” Conference
February, 2019 Workshops
By Noah Schermbrucker On February 7th and 8th PEP attended the CSIR‘s “Off the Wall” Conference in Pretoria. The event showcased innovative products and systems in the low-income housing sector with a wide-variety of company’s presenting products – from waterless sanitation to innovative building materials, fire extinguishers and sanitation ...
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