On 8 November 2017, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)'s senior associate, Lauren Royston, gave a presentation on how to secure tenure in the context of informal settlement upgrading at the Gauteng Land Development Summit held at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. The summit, which was aimed at finding sustainable tenure and human settlements solutions to address the growing demand for housing in Gauteng, was attended by property developers, civil society representatives and government officials involved in the provision of housing and human settlments.

Royston's presentation highlighted a number of provisions in the legal and policy framework governing land use management and housing that could be used to enhance the tenure security and improve access to basic services for people living in informal settlement through the process of informal settlement upgrading. In particular, Royston referred to the Upgrading of Informal Settlement Programme (UISP) (which provides for "a variety of tenure arrangements [that] are to be defined through a process of engagement between local authorities and residents") and provisions relating to "special zones" in the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 (SPLUMA).

  • Access Royston's presentation here.
  • Read more about the provisions relating to "special zones" in SPLUMA here.