Rural development

Relief Fund Set Up for Attack Victims

The Anglican Bishop of Natal, Bishop Rubin Phillip, on Tuesday announced that his church had set up a relief fund for victims of a Durban informal settlement attack which claimed at least two lives and saw many people displaced.

"Many people have fled their homes with nothing but what they could carry.

"They need urgent financial assistance. I have agreed to co-ordinate a relief fund and donations,"

Big Business, Poor Peoples

Transnational corporations are one of the most important actors in the global economy, occupying a more powerful position than ever before. In their persistent battle to increase profits, they have increasingly turned to the developing world, a world that holds many attractions for them. But what is their impact on the poor?

Sexwale Lambast Residents Over Housing

Human Settlements Minister, Tokyo Sexwale, lashed out at residents of Thokoza hostel accusing them of calling or SMSing their cousins and uncles in rural areas to come to urban areas to queue for houses.

Sexwale, who accused unemployed residents of having the potential of becoming  sick in the head when embarking on service-delivery protests, says the shortage of low-cost government houses is worsened by migration to urban areas.

Rainwater Harvesting: A Lifeline for Human Well-being

‘Rainwater Harvesting: A Lifeline for Human Well-being’ is aimed at compiling a synthesis of experiences that can provide insight into the multiple opportunities rainwater harvesting can have when addressing human well-being, while continuing to sustain a range of ecosystem services. This synthesis of linkages between ecosystem services, human well-being and rainwater harvesting interventions examines 29 cases from diverse economic and environmental settings.

500 000 Need RDP Houses

Gauteng MEC for Local Government and Housing, Kgaogelo Lekgoro, says more than 500 000 people registered for housing in Gauteng are still waiting for their homes to be built.

"Having delivered 650 000 housing opportunities in the last 15 years which gave shelter to an estimated 1.5 million people, we are still faced with more than 500 000 people registered as waiting for houses on our demand database," says Lekgoro.

Putting Policy into Practice

Putting Policy into Practice: Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Ethiopia is a book which focuses on eight UK-based international NGOs engaged in rural development interventions in Ethiopia. The publication investigates their attempts to employ participatory monitoring and evaluation systems as a means of assessing and strengthening local participation. The findings suggest that perceptions of participation vary considerably between different hierarchical levels.

APF Questions Quality of RDP Houses

The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) has raised concerns about the quality of RDP houses in South Africa. This comes after an incident in which an RDP house collapsed due to a powerful storm, killing 49-year old mother, Maria Mathebula and injuring two of her children.

The incident took place in Molalane village in the Maruleng area, east of the Limpopo Province last week, when a powerful storm ravaged houses leaving many families homeless.

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