Despite 25 years into democracy and billions of rands in
development, living circumstances and economic conditions for
very few households have changed. One in every three South
Africans is living in extreme poverty and poor shelter…




The teaching of activism has shrunk remarkably in South Africa.


Cape Town land markets have become increasingly over the last five years.


Limited development finance is a global constraint in addressing poverty and inequality.


Delivery of a wide range of affordable housing solutions is critical in addressing the housing and land crisis.


DAGs core work and strategies are established through its deep rooted experience with grassroots leaders, organisations and movements.


Everyone in the world is being impacted in some way by the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These are challenging times for everyone. Recently, we shared DAG’s response to the evolving situation, and we would like to share a few initiatives that the communities have been busy with. DAG’s main purpose is to ensure sure that communities are aware and well-informed around COVID-19, social distancing and the importance of basic hygiene. As an organisation that advocates
Dear friends and partners of DAG.   In the light of COVID-19 pandemic and President declaring a State of Disaster in South Africa, DAG is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and partners. In consultation with the board and staff, we are continuing to work remotely, but have decided to postpone any large community gatherings until further notice to avoid any spread of the pandemic. Our office will remain
Every year on the 8th of  March we join the world in celebrating #InternationalWomensDay (IWD), a day dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. Today we celebrate all the milestones on the road to gender #equality and recommit ourselves to fight for the rights and equal opportunities for #women and #girls around the world. As a way of taking concrete action to help forge an equal world, we asked the DAG team members to strike the #EachforEqual campaign
The tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi brought together thousands of advocates, civil society organisations, practitioners and government officials to discuss the impacts of urbanisation, housing, land and climate change. Panel discussions, round tables and networking sessions focused on addressing poverty, inequality and human rights. Despite the strong emphasis on accountability and transparency in the human rights literature, there prevails a reluctance to hold governments to account – both to their treaty commitments but
DAG welcomes the Statement on the planned feasibility analysis for City’s proposed inclusionary housing policy, made on Sunday 10th of November 2019 by the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor MalusiBooi. The announcement is an important step towards the development of a much needed inclusionary housing policy and programme. According to DAG’s Programme Manager, Helen Rourke, this announcement is momentous as it signals an important shift in the way we think about land
The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year a World Habitat Day (WHD). The purpose of #WorldHabitatDay2019 is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter. As an organisation that pushes and advocate for sustainable development policies that ensure and promote safe inclusive cities and adequate shelter for all, we are dedicating this day to reflect and highlight the demand for adequate housing in South Africa as well as
The Continuous growth in urban population trends across South Africa has seen most people continue to flock to cities and this had led to an increase in demand for affordable accommodation in the cities. In Cape Town, most newcomers cannot afford the formal private rental market in and around the city centre, where rentals for a studio apartment starts at about R8 000 a month in Woodstock and Salt River, and a whole lot more
July 4, 2019 On Saturday 29th July 2019, the Mitchell’s Plain United Residents’ Association (MURA) and the Development Action Group (DAG) hosted a stimulating and engaging workshop entitled, Exploring Opportunities for Sustainable Community Development. At the event, the findings of an assessment of the assets and land available in Lentegeur and Rocklands (neighbourhoods in Mitchell’s Plain) as well as the findings of an analysis of the City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) budget priorities for Mitchell’s Plain, over
On Monday, the 20th of May, 19 households living in an informal settlement on Pine road relocated to a newly renovated affordable rental Transitional Housing Facility on Pickwick Street Four days after the much-awaited move, I visited the Pickwick street facility. During my visit, I saw Mr Samuel Moses (Not his real name) looking relaxed and dressed down. We discussed many matters relating to the facility, but as I was leaving he said something that
Is the City ready to deal with complex inadvertent issues linked to the sale of historical public rental stock?   The City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements Directorate is offering about 9 000 qualifying tenants who are living in Council-owned rental properties the opportunity to purchase their units and to become property owners. These properties include free-standing and semi-detached houses, terraced or row houses and maisonettes that are located across the city in areas such as
By Adi Kumar and Ryan Fester South Africa is considered a ‘young urban nation.’ Over 15 million people live in the country’s five metropolitan areas and account for roughly 64% of the population. The majority of these residents are considered ‘young,’ ranging in age from 15 – 34. The hyper-urbanized nature of the South African population is not unique to the rest of the world: over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. But
Contact: Aditya Kumar, DAG Phone: 021 448 7886 WHERE IS THE INCLUSIONARY HOUSING POLICY FOR CAPE TOWN? The approval of 28 inclusionary housing units in a Sea Point development by the Boeman Brothers is indeed a historic moment. The decision of the Municipal Planning Tribunal is welcomed by the Development Action Group and clearly outlines a way to address housing rights of poor and working-class citizens. The logic behind the Planning Tribunal’s decision cannot be stated
DAG would like to wish all women, a happy International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019! Today we commemorate IWD in honour of the phenomenal work and struggles of all women.  As we celebrate women, we need to continue advocating for inclusive policies that improve women’s access to basic services and dignified housing. Women constitute about 52% of the world’s population, therefore, as the majority of the world population, they cannot be treated as mere spectators, while


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