SERI's June 2018 newsletter is out. This is SERI's last newsletter of 2018. In it we present a few highlights from our work since June this year. SERI currently has 99 active cases through which we assist communities to resist evictions and secure basic services in their homes in informal settlements and inner city buildings; to safeguard their participation; hold duty bearers to account and defend their right to work.
We have also furthered our research and advocacy work, and participated in a number of exciting civil society and government engagements. SERI engaged actively with various urban land reform processes and dialogues, including the Department of Human Settlement’s policy and strategy reform process; SALGA’s Human Settlements and Municipal Working Group; the Presidency’s Advisory Panel on Land Reform and provided inputs on a new informal settlement upgrading financing mechanism. We continued to our work in enabling the informal economy in collaboration with SALGA and foregrounded the strategies and tactics employed by inner city residents in their struggle for decent well located housing.
During thsi time, we also made a submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, on which she drew in her report on informal settlements and human rights to the UN General Assembly, and contributed to a parallel report on the South African government's progress in realising socio-economic rights to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee), the international treaty body responsible for monitoring the implementation of socio-economic rights by states.