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Are Planning and Land-use Management Policies in Cape Town Inherently Anti-Poor
image January, 2017 Uncategorized
Noah Schermbrucker on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning (Opinion Piece): In the last few years a number of flash points have highlighted the unequal ways in which Cape Town continues to develop. Examples include the proposed eviction of tenants in Woodstock and the Council flats which, adjacent to De ...
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Youth Workshops in Vukuzenzele
image November, 2016 Uncategorized
Nick Talbot on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning.   Over the last 5 years PEP has provided socio-technical support to the residents of Vukuzenzele in order to facilitate the transfer of title of 236 houses to their respective owners. This was achieved through a close working relationship with the local committee ...
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The Giving Tree installed in Phola Park – A photo Essay
image August, 2016 Uncategorized
Earlier this year, PEP was contacted by 2 independent designers about a ‘place-making’ intervention they had developed, called The Giving Tree. The Giving Tree project is a incremental upgrading and service delivery scheme that focuses on developing a small scale, cost effective, prefabricated water platform and place-making intervention. The ...
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CONTRADICTIONS BETWEEN POLICY AND PRACTICE: Challenges in Providing Low-Income Housing in Cape Town
image June, 2016 Housing
Noah Schermbrucker on behalf of People’s Environmental Planning 15 June 2016: A cursory analysis of current National Housing Policy indicates, at least in writing, a will to redress spatial inequality through the provision of well-located opportunities (green-field and in-situ) for the urban poor. Numerous statements, housed in a variety ...
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How the Nimby Factor Impedes Equal Housing Opportunities in Cape Town
image June, 2016 Housing
This short opinion piece uses the example of the Ruo Emoh (Our Home spelt backwards) Housing Project to argue that the NIMBY (Not in my backyard) factor is extremely detrimental to equal housing development in Cape Town, South Africa. It provides a summary history of the project and the ...
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