How local governments can use their 2021/22 budgets to provide services to informal settlements without breaking the bank

February, 2021

To help prepare for the tabling of 2021/22 local government budgets, we conducted analyses of the 2020/21 budgets of the Cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and eThekwini Metro Municipality


Budget analysis 4: the delivery of basic services to the Ethekwini metro’s informal settlements: what does the 2020/21 budget say?

January, 2021

This analysis of the 2020/2021 budget of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality focuses on allocations for basic services in informal settlementsthreat of the virus’s spread is greater than in other areas.


Budget analysis 3: could the city of Ekurhuleni keep on outperforming other metros in the provision of taps and toilets to informal settlements?

December, 2020

An analysis of the City of Ekurhuleni 2020/21 budget, what is it telling us?


Brief 6: water services provided to informal settlements in Emalahleni local municipality

December, 2020

Planact and IBP South Africa conducted a community monitoring exercise in which we compared the information in the water schedule with the experiences of the residents in the settlements.


Budget analysis 2: the delivery of basic services to the city of Johannesburg’s informal settlements

November, 2020

What is the City of Johannesburg adopted 2020/21 budget telling us?


Brief 5: Improving the lives of women in informal settlements starts with fixing basic services

November 2, 2020

Exposure to social, economic and health risks is common when living in informal settlements, but gender inequalities result in a lack of basic services disproportionately affecting the lives of women and girls.


Budget Analysis 1: why the city of Cape Town could and should budget to spend more on informal settlement taps and toilets in 2020/2021

October 26, 2020

As the last six months of Asivikelane data show, large numbers of Cape Town informal settlement residents share communal taps and toilets, and these high-use facilities are not sufficiently maintained. These challenges were highlighted by COVID-19, but they preceded it and will persist and escalate unless the City of Cape Town responds on a much larger scale.


Service Delivery Improvements of the Asivikelane Initiative

September 2020

Attribution is a dubious science and the causes of change in government are complex. We do, however, think that there are important reasons why we can claim to have contributed in some way to the service delivery improvements listed in this report.


Brief 4: What the metros say they are doing about basic services in informal settlements in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic

June 26, 2020

This brief summarizes what metros have reported for the delivery of basic services – water, sanitation, refuse collection and soap or sanitizer – in informal settlements, as well as what they reported in terms of food parcels or other forms of nutritional support for households.


Brief 3: Government food security initiatives in the time of the coronavirus

June 25, 2020

This brief presents information collected during May 2020 about the food security initiatives and plans of government and the Solidarity Fund, particularly with regard to the provision of food parcels and food vouchers.


Brief 2: Access to basic sanitation during COVID-19 in the City of Cape Town

June 2, 2020

Over recent weeks, the Western Cape has emerged as the epicentre of the COVID-19 virus. On 26 May, the province accounted for 65.2% of South Africa’s 24,264 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Many of these residents rely on shared water and sanitation facilities or have limited access to water and sanitation, making them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Sub-districts such as Tygerberg, Khayelitsha, and Southern – home to many informal settlements – have emerged as COVID-19 hotspots.


Brief 1: Basic sanitation and Covid-19 in the City of Johannesburg

May 20, 2020

Over half a million of Johannesburg’s 5.8 million people live in 181 informal settlements. The number of COVID-19 cases in the city increased rapidly from 971 on 6 May to 1,153 on 15 May, a jump of 20 percent in less than two weeks. Shared water and toilet facilities make Johannesburg’s informal settlement residents extremely vulnerable to infection. Residents participating in the Asivikelane initiative have reported dire water and sanitation problems over the last six weeks. Their efforts to engage with the city have met with a slow response.