We are working to improve communication and collaboration between residents, government and service providers for incremental settlement upgrading, relation and land development. One of the tools we use is to host learning experiences for built environment professionals to new and existing housing development sites that demonstrate the potential risks and benefits of different urban forms, as inputs into planning for further Delft, Penhill, Symphony Way, Swartklip, Mfuleni and other settlement projects.


  • Improved coordination and sequencing of the informal settlement relocations that are required to unblock critical infrastructure projects (such as the Blue Downs Rail Link and Symphony Way corridor developments).
  • Improved mechanisms for housing to be utilised as an economic asset by the poor (through, for example, design and ownership models, as well as through micro-financing and building support). These should enable homeowners to become “micro-developers” and landlords.
  • City of Cape Town re-blocking policy and options for ‘super-blocking’ presents opportunities for consolidation with community and NGO partners
  • Scaling up of the skills development ‘incubator’ for incremental self-built units on serviced land with the Better Living Challenge (WCG Human Settlements and DEDAT).