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COOL CITIES LIVING LAB HEAT MAPPING CAMPAIGN

COOL CITIES LIVING LAB HEAT MAPPING CAMPAIGN

Planact will launch a heat mapping citizen scientist project on 5 March 2024 in partnership with the World Bank Africa, the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, the National Treasury of South Africa, and the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.

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Community safety and security is a shared responsibility.

Community safety and security is a shared responsibility.

As part of the Social Employment Fund project – safety and security theme, 64 participants from safety teams in Wattville and Skoonplaas in the City of Ekurhuleni received training to enhance their ability to identify and mitigate potential safety risks in their communities.

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Citizen Science In Action In Mitigation Of City Warming

Citizen Science In Action In Mitigation Of City Warming

The year 2023 was the warmest on record and the warmest by far according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). South Africa’s temperature records bear this out and show an upward...

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Event – Roundtable Discussion on Informal Settlements

Event – Roundtable Discussion on Informal Settlements

On 20 November 2023, Planact in partnership with the City of Johannesburg hosted a successful roundtable discussion on digital addresses in informal settlements. Please find more information below: Presentations: Vincent Mkhwananzi - City of Johannesburg: Deputy...

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Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods in Communities

Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods in Communities

Planact is part of the Social Employment Fund in partnership with 1 to 1 Agency of Engagement and the Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) powered by the Industrial Development Corporation. Through supporting various community driven services such as food...

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Explore our latest Annual Report

Explore our latest Annual Report

Get a glimpse of our community development projects from the past year and discover the impact of strengthened grassroots voices! Annual Report 2021/22

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Get people involved in development

Get people involved in development

By Dr Hloniphile Simelane What is the developmental mandate of the newly elected municipal councils? In particular, what new interventions related to the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme will now be carried out to realise different results? The problem is...

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Basic services can protect and empower women

Asivikelane #20 shows that women access to basic services in informal settlements is closely tied to safety. In metropolitan municipalities, 74% of female residents reported feeling unsafe using municipal toilets at night and 24% feel unsafe doing so during the day....

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Taps finally installed in Robert Sobukwe

The Robert Sobukwe informal settlement did not have adequate water services even during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 13 May 2021 1to1 Agency of Engagement, Planact and Asivikelane tweeted about the dire situation in Robert Sobukwe. Mayor Mzwandile Masina and...

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How government can show that it cares

Having restored peace and calm after last week’s events, government must work to restore the peoples’ trust in the following ways:  Provide IMMEDIATE INCOME SUPPORT through a basic income grant or the COVID-19 social relief of distress grant - While the fiscus...

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Asivikelane 18: The maintenance puzzle

Maintenance doesn’t help if there are no taps and toilets to start with. As Asivikelane has been reporting, many informal settlements across the country do not have access to taps and toilets at all. Any improvement of maintenance should be supplemented by...

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How to get to green traffic lights in Ekurhuleni

Ekurhuleni has been the best performing metro since Asivikelane started a year ago. But even so, its traffic lights are not consistently green and there are many informal settlements that experience persistent water, sanitation and refuse removal problems. But this...

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Green shoots, but will Metro budgets water them?

On the surface, Asivikelane #17 traffic lights appear bad. But if you take the time to look closely, you will see many green shoots of service delivery improvement starting to sprout. New toilets were built, and taps were installed in Buffalo City. Taps were repaired,...

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