The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), 

the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Cities Support Programme invites you to the launch of 

Policy Brief: Adequate Temporary Alternative Accommodation 


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Over 25 years since the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa remains a country where extreme wealth exists alongside widespread poverty. This inequality is borne disproportionately by black people. It is as a result of South Africa’s historical legacy and current exclusion from the housing market that the state has an obligation to provide alternative accommodation to occupiers who would become homeless if they are evicted. Now more than ever, as residents of inner city buildings and informal settlements experience the magnitude of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are facing the consequences of inequality. 

The webinar will reflect on experiences and lessons from current alternative accommodation sites and consider a proposed approach to municipal provision of alternative accommodation. Government officials, policy makers, built environment practitioners, civil society organisations, field experts, academics and other interested stakeholders are welcome. 

When: Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 

Who: Khululiwe Bhengu; Alana Potter & Lauren Royston (Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa); Seana Nkhahle (South African Local Government Association); Seth Maqetuka (Cities Support Programme) and Siyabonga Mahlangu (Inner City Federation). 

RSVP: Register for the Zoom webinar here by 10 August 2020.