2001 Winner
Winners:
KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
2001
Publication:
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
Organization:
Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust
Jurisdiction:
South Africa

The Programme constitutes an important component of the eThekweni Unicity's policy on housing. It is a management and decision making tool which allows a rational approach to upgrading and relocating settlements

The Programme constitutes an important component of the eThekweni Unicity's policy on housing. It is a management and decision making tool which allows a rational approach to upgrading and relocating settlements. It consists of an audit of existing settlements, identification of appropriate interventions, prioritisation of projects within interventions, and a programme for intervention. These objectives are aimed at approximately 350 settlements, consisting of approximately 118 000 structures. The Programme encompasses approximately 80% of informal settlements in the Unicity and is expected to be completed by June 2002.

Innovation

The Programme has established a precedent for the development and management of informal settlements in Durban. The Informal Settlement Relocations Working Group fosters a culture of co-operation between Council departments.

Effectiveness

The Programme developed technical models for assessing informal settlements and managing their development. The Programme has fully achieved all its objectives within the area of the Central Operational Entity, and is a fundamental component of the overall Unicity Housing Programme. The Programme is being extended to cover the entire area of the Durban Metropolitan Unicity Municipality. The work is 80% complete.

Poverty Impact

The Programme has contributed to reducing poverty by identifying, prioritising, and beginning the relocation of settlements that are at risk from natural disasters. Beneficiaries are able to receive formal land tenure, an asset that has utility and commodity value. People living in informal settlements benefit directly from economic opportunities that arise during the construction of projects.

Sustainability

The sustainability of the Programme is dependent on the ability of the Department of Housing and the Council to continue to provide funding for the implementation of projects. A threat to the sustainability is the national housing policy, which presents constraints imposed by policy. The main constraint will be the lack of in-house expertise, accurate information and resources to assess settlements.

Replicability

The Programme is replicable in areas where informal settlement has occurred on a similar scale

Partnerships

  • The eThekweni Unicity Council
  • The Provincial Department of Housing
  • Community based organisations
  • Department of Housing