Good Hood Stories

Good Hood Stories Submissions

We wanted to hear from you what’s good in your hood to celebrate stories of good practice.

 

These are stories of creativity, collaboration and innovation from across South African cities. We would like to thank those who’ve submitted stories and to all involved in these inspiring projects. From urban gardens to township cycling projects, to inner-city upliftment interventions, there is a lot to be proud of our cities.

 

Join us in celebrating the Good Hood Stories by viewing the exhibition and sharing!

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The Urban Agriculture Initiative in Joburg exists to stimulate job creation, provide entrepreneurial opportunity and reduce the strain on food security and food resilience by providing inner-city inhabitants with business opportunities in the farming sector.

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Joburg's Urban Agriculture Initiative

City of Joburg
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The Markets of Warwick Tours gives everyone the opportunity to explore this vibrant and integral part of Durban. The tours also allow for traders to sell their merchandise and share the energy of their markets with others.

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Markets of Warwick

eThekwini Municipality
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The Langa Bicycle Hub offers a range of bike-related services including helping people learn how to ride, collecting old damaged bicycle materials, and building bicycles suitable for gravel and flooded roads in informal settlements.

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Langa Bicyle Hub

City of Cape Town
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During the national lockdown, eThekwini Municipality and NGOs have come together to help homeless people overcome their substance abuse disorders by providing a safe space with medical and social services at the Bellhaven Harm Reduction Centre in Greyville.

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COVID-19 Withdrawal Management Programme

eThekwini Municipality
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Operation Geleza implements prevention and awareness campaigns against substance abuse in Sebokeng, Gauteng. During Covid-19 they have distributed food parcels in their community and made a massive impact in improving food security.

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Operation Geleza

Sebokeng, Emfuleni Local Municipality
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The Mossel Bay UISP Project was initiated to embark on the incremental in-situ formalised upgrading of all informal settlements in the municipal area of Mossel Bay, for all eligible resident households living in the 28+ informal settlements.

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Mossel Bay Upgrading of Informal Settlements

Mossel Bay Local Municipality
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Your Stories is a film and photography project highlighting the inspiration, resilience and legacy of so-called coloured people on the Cape Flats and township areas in South Africa.

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Your Stories: Sharing Our Narrative

City of Cape Town
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A garden was built in commemoration of those who died of COVID-19 and those who have been at the frontline during the pandemic. This was also incorporated with the greening of the municipalities by planting trees with the Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

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Garden of Remembrance - Multi City Project

City of Joburg, City of Mbombela, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Sol Plaatje Local Municipality & Steve Tshwete Local Municipality
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The Brixton Festival is a community festival of lights and celebration by Brixtonites for Brixtonites. It took place as a (socially distanced) lantern procession, craft market and recycled light-themed costume parade in December 2020.

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Brixton Light Festival

City of Joburg
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The Walkable Network is a partnership-based package of interventions that target streets and public spaces to create a clean, safe and welcoming Inner City experience.

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The Walkable Network

City of Joburg
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Khona La Local Stores is a network of local spaza shops trading under the same brand name. Members join the network and get their stores repainted and refurbished.

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Khona La Local Stores

City of Joburg
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The Helenvale SPUU is a multi-disciplinary programme consisting of both infrastructure and socio-economic projects aimed at increasing safety and peace in the community of Helenvale. The project is based on a partnership approach with the local community.

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Helenvale Safety and Peace Through Urban Upgrading

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
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The “I Am Active’’ campaign poses the question: “Are you happy with the performance of your municipality?”. The I Am active campaign is an extension of Dear South African which is a civil society movement encouraging public participation to help shape government.

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I Am Active Campaign

National
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The Love Our City Klean (LOCK) Recycling Hub educates the community about recycling and “separation at source” and opens weekly collection days of recyclables.

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Love Our City Klean (LOCK) Recycling HUB

City of Joburg
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The Central Special Rating Area (SRA) is a NPO in Port Elizabeth’s Central area involved in the upliftment area by improving security, waste, infrastructure and tourism. A Special Rating Area (SRA) is a specific geographic area within which property owners agree to pay for supplementary services.

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Central Special Rating Area (SRA)

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
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Volunteers from Kloof in Durban have come together to improve and care for spaces in their city!

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The Kloof Project

eThekwini Municipality
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This community garden was started by 10 unemployed women to help improve food security and environmental protection. They identified a vacant land parcel that had been used as an illegal dumping site to cultivate the garden.

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That'ezakho Women's Gardening Project

City of Joburg
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Makers Valley is an inner-city neighbourhood in Johannesburg which stretches from New Doornfontein to Bezuidenhout Valley and includes Bertrams, Judith’s Paarl, Troyeville and Lorentzville. It is home to close to 46 000 people.

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Makers Valley Partnership

City of Joburg
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The RISE Young Women’s Clubs programme aims to build a network of support where young women can collectively undertake projects to build resilience and social cohesion in their communities with a focus on preventing HIV, mitigating its impact and enabling safer choices.

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Rise Young Women's Club

Mahikeng
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Khanyisa Mhlongo has given the children in her building in Johannesburg a voice through helping them to write stories about their experiences of their city.

 

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My City Johannesburg

City of Joburg
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This project took place in Bellville CBD in Cape Town and made use of tactical urbanism to transform this area’s busy conflict points between people and vehicles to help improve pedestrian safety.

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#SafeOnGreen

City of Cape Town
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Residents and members of the Sea Point CAN have been working on improving the library grounds, have planted a food garden, painted a mural and are partnering with the Gugulethu CAN to share plants, resources and knowledge.

 

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Sea Point Library Garden

City of Cape Town
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Residents from Singabalapha informal settlement in Observatory host weekly film screenings and whenever possible invite the producer, director and those involved in the film for a question and answer session afterwards.

 

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Observatory Informal Settlement Audio Visual Initiative

City of Cape Town
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The Festival was in commemoration of World Planning Month during November 2020. It was a virtual festival with a series of vibrant planning related topics.

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Ekurhuleni World Town Planning Festival

City of Ekurhuleni
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The Zero Waste Schools Project is designed to enable schools to move towards a zero-waste culture, save money and reduce the amount of waste send to landfill.

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Zero Waste Schools Project

City of Cape Town
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Sha’p Left is a containerised healthcare hub designed to provide accessible, affordable primary health care to low-income earners in a busy, inner-city downtown area in Bellville, secondary city to Cape Town. Around 45 million people rely on an overburdened state healthcare system.

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Sha'p Left Primary Health Care Hub

City of Cape Town
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This Professionals Forum saw the establishment and maintenance of an interface between the public and private stakeholders in the built environment sector .

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Nelson Mandela Bay Built Environment Professionals Forum

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
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The Vukani project promotes education and awareness on the dangers of Covid-19 in Sebokeng, Emfuleni with the goal of decreasing the rate of new infections.

 

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Vukani COVID-19 Response

Sebokeng, Emfuleni Municipality
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This collaboration between the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) and the University of Venda (UNIVEN) began in 2014 continuing to date. The aim of the programme is to expose 3rd Year Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning (B.URP) students to practical training.

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City of Ekurhuleni and the University of Venda Collaboration

City of Ekurhuleni
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Inkanyezi Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre was initially established in 1981. The ECD’s mission is to provide affordable, high standard childcare services to the community with limited access to such.

 

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Inkanyezi ECD centre

City of Ekurhuleni
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In 2010 the City of Ekurhuleni signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Oxfam with an intention of bringing value to the waste pickers across the city

 

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Community Recycling Program

City of Ekurhuleni
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his project seeks to keep the City of Ekurhuleni clean, through various initiatives such as litter picking, illegal dumping removal, and management, maintenance and rendering of comprehensive cleaning services including the transportation and disposal of waste.

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Keep Ekurhuleni Clean

City of Ekurhuleni
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The City of Ekurhuleni’s Environmental Resource and Waste Management Department has implemented an environmental education and awareness programme through the Bontle ke Botho Provincial Campaign.

 

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Bontle ke Botha Community Greening Program

City of Ekurhuleni
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The Eyethu Hout Bay Skate Park is a 925sqm community-driven and community-designed skate park, situated in Hout Bay, Cape Town. The park is located at the meeting point between three divided neighbourhoods, whose youth all enjoy skateboarding and come together for the enjoyment of a safe recreational space. 

 

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Eyethu Skate Park

City of Cape Town