On 11 October 2008, a community organisation in Muldersdrift celebrated a victory that was over 10 years in the making - the right to establish a settlement with secure tenure, proper housing and community facilities to replace the insecure tenure they experienced as farmworkers, hotel workers and domestics in this peri-urban area designated as a World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
The Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF) will be hosting a four-day conference and exhibition titled Developing Communities from 12-15 October 2008 in Cape Town.
The conference, which also features speakers in the field, will expose delegates to the latest housing information. The programme will include speakers who are experts in their field.
In light of the SAHF and CIH United Kingdom agreement on promoting the dissemination of information and supporting educational initiatives to highlight community development issues, an interesting programme will be presented.
An interesting debate over new approaches to housing delivery has been going on within civil society circles. Much of this seems to revolve around the need for government to adopt a land-first approach in order to increase the pace of housing delivery across the country.
The need for such a land-first approach is deemed more urgent now than ever before as landmark dates such as 2014, by which time government commits itself to “a nation free of slums”, approach.