Wits student stakeholderOn Thursday, 23 August 2018, SERI staff participated in a Student-Stakeholder Workshop on Informal Settlement Upgrading hosted by Marie Huchzermeyer and Kristen Kornienko of the Centre for Urbanism and Built Environment Studies (CUBES) at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Architecture and Planning.

SERI’s Alana Potter and Kelebogile Khunou presented on SERI’s strategies for facilitating in situ upgrading in informal settlements. They discussed working with the Makause Community Development Forum (MACODEFO) towards the in situ upgrading of the Makause informal settlement in Ekurhuleni and  the Melani judgment in which the High Court in Johannesburg found that the Upgrading Informal Settlements Programme (UISP) is binding on the City of Johannesburg, and directed the City to make the appropriate application to the provincial Department of Human Settlements for a grant to upgrade Slovo Park Informal Settlement in situ.

The event brought together residents from Slovo Park informal settlement and Freedom Charter Square informal settlement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, NGOs, academics, students, the City of Johannesburg Housing Department, the Housing Development Agency (HDA), the National Upgrading Support Programme (NUSP), and the Gauteng informal settlement programme planning office.

  • Read more about community struggles for upgrading in Makause informal settlement here
  • Read more about community struggles for upgrading in Slovo Park informal settlement here
  • Read more about the Melani (Slovo Park) case here.