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ZANDSPRUIT: Moving with the times.

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Riddled with uncertainties in terms of service delivery and being notorious for its violent protests, but Zandspruit seems to be making the best of the little it has. Service delivery in Zandspruit is moving at a snail pace and people are frustrated however it will be inappropriate if we fail to acknowledge developments taking place in Zandspruit and the forward thinking of its people. It should also be worrying that our communities mostly only see development as the responsibility of government. This view undermines the efforts and the good work done by NGOs and other organs of civil society including the ordinary residents of Zandspruit. The mushrooming double story shacks can be one example of forward thinking. These increasing buildings indicate a growing demand for housing and to some extent also an element of current thinking on alternative housing as well as effective land. Ruling out issues of proper building regulations and those of safety, we can observe that people are starting to think of alternative housing and high rise building as a way to achieve housing. This is not to encourage irregular building and unsafe structures but it is just to point out the potential that poor people have in stretching their limited resources in achieving their objectives as well as their moving with the change of times. We can easily frown upon this type of housing but we might also be ignorant to the fact that these structures are home to many people who have no other option of trying to secure a home for their households. The reality is that informal settlement are still going to be around for many years to come. We can start to be proactive and think of ways of improving living conditions in informal settlements rather than treating them as temporary locations and not worth any investment while people spend their lifetimes living in them.

Leslie Gama

Umnotho For Empowerment

074 351 1166

About Kgomotso Radiphochwa (Project Manager)

I am Kgomotso Radipochwa born and bred at Morokweng, Northwest Province. I am currently living in Cosmo City. I am co-founder and Director of Impilo Foundation and the current Project Manager for Zandspruit Citizen Journalism Project. Citizen journalism project is centred on empowering Zandspruit Community to research and report on issues that are important to citizens of immediate area, and that will support community development. The project aimed to promote participatory democracy within the community. I am currently a student at Monash South Africa, studying Bachelor in Social Science majoring in International Studies and I was Community liaison Officer for Monash South Africa Community Engagement. I also sit on Lensaria Development Networks Board of Directors. My personal philosophy about community development is to create opportunities to develop thinking community, deepen understanding and enable community member to take thoughtful action

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