South Africa’s Enduring Apartheid Landscape

20 Years into democracy, South Africa’s apartheid landscape remains largely intact. The historically privileged still live in the best neighbourhoods occupying prime urban land close to economic opportunities and social amenities.

The historically disadvantaged continue to live on marginal land on the peripheries of South Africa’s cities. This is land that is functionally dislocated from areas of economic and social opportunities. Poor black South Africans carry a disproportionate burden in terms of travel costs and time spent commuting in and out of our cities.

Meanwhile, the physical barriers perpetuated by segregated urban development remain a threat to social cohesion in South Africa.

Why are the historically disadvantaged still denied access to well located urban land and housing?

Why is there no decent affordable rental or social housing for the poor in our cities?

How do we protect the right to the city for South Africa’s poor?

Who owns the land in our urban areas?

Is it time to talk about urban land redistribution?

Both The South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office (FES) wish to promote discussion about the transformation of the apartheid landscape in an effort to foster social cohesion in a South Africa that is still largely racially segregated.

Join our panel of experts who will engage in a discussion about the importance of transforming the apartheid landscape in an effort to foster social cohesion in South Africa.

Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014

Time: 10h00 to 13h00

Venue: The Rosebank Crowne Plaza Hotel, corner Tyrwhitt & Sturdee Avenues, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

RSVP: To book for this event please send an email with your name, affiliation and contact details to with "RSVP Apartheid Landscape" in the subject line of your email. A light lunch will be served, please indicate your dietary preference. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


Mark Napier
Mark Napier is Principal Researcher at the Built Environment unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. As part of his twenty years’ policy research experience, Mark spent two years in national government, setting up a research unit in the Department of Human Settlements, and seven years managing the Urban Land Markets Programme Southern Africa (Urban LandMark). Mark’s recent book “Trading Places: accessing land in African cities”, written along with four fellow authors, addresses the inherent inequalities in land ownership systems, and what can be done about transforming the unequal structure of cities.

Louise Scholtz
Louise Scholtz is employed as Manager in the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund South Africa. Amongst her other responsibilities, at present she is the WWF leader on a joint project with the National Association of Social Housing Organisations aimed at assembling empirical evidence to support the systematic greening of existing and new social housing stock. Prior to joining WWF-SA in 2011, Louise practiced as an attorney until 2009. Louise also worked at the Sustainability Institute where she managed a social cohesion intervention in support of a proposed mixed development in Philippi, Cape Town.

Thembani Jerome Ngongoma
Thembani Jerome Ngongoma is Deputy Chairperson at the Isiyanda local branch of the shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo. He is also an executive member of the Abahlali Executive Committee, head of Internal Security and Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee. Thembani is co-founder member of Vibe FM 94.7, a community radio station currently on air and growing from strength to strength. He has served as chairperson for the board of directors at Vibe FM from 2005 to 2013.


Kate Tissington
Kate Tissington is senior research and advocacy officer at SERI. Prior to joining SERI in January 2010, Kate was a researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has a BA with Honours in History from Rhodes University and an MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University. She completed the Certificate in Housing Policy Development and Management from the School of Public and Development Management at Wits in 2008. Kate has researched and written on water and sanitation delivery by local government, informal settlement upgrading, inner city evictions and informal street trading.

This event is being co-hosted by The South African Civil Society Information Service and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office.