South Africans Doing Great Things

Giving space for people to design their own communities

Growing up in an informal settlement in Nyanga, Sizwe Mxobo has long thought about the possibilities of transforming his community.

An urban planner by profession, Mxobo collaborates with communities to develop informal settlements.

Through his vision of allowing community members to design what their community is going to look like, Mxobo wants people to play an integral role in the design of their homes.

Mxobo's work in developing informal settlements has seen him become a recipient of the South African Planning Institute’s (SAPI) Young Planner Award.

This year, he was also selected for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which is the flagship programme of United State President Barack Obama's flagship Young African Leadership Initiative (Yali).

Listen to the conversation below:

In 2015, Mxobo delivered a well-received TEDx talk in Cape Town, where he traced his journey of assisting community members to plan and design their informal settlements.

Watch the video of Mxobo's presentation below:

Read More
South Africans Doing Great Things: Kodumela Bokamoso

South Africans Doing Great Things: Kodumela Bokamoso

Kodumela Bokamoso has been established as a response to the growing need to develop leaders within rural communities.

Word N Sound empowering young people through literature

Word N Sound empowering young people through literature

You can make a living from your art. The Word N Sound platform encourages young talented poets to pursue careers in their craft.

Doing great things to improve the lives of school children in South Africa

Doing great things to improve the lives of school children in South Africa

We highlight two South Africans who have taken upon themselves to better the lives of school children in poor communities.

Recognising the experience of women in South African mines

Recognising the experience of women in South African mines

Dr Asanda Benya has done work to put under the spotlight the role of women in the occupational culture of South African mines.

Broadening the taste of Khayelitsha's spinach revolution

Broadening the taste of Khayelitsha's spinach revolution

Espinaca Innovations founder Lufefe Nomjana describes how he has grown his bakery business which produces goods made from spinach.

Makhamisa keeps mouths open with its distinctly Mzansi sauces

Makhamisa keeps mouths open with its distinctly Mzansi sauces

Terence Leluma describes the entrepreneurial journey of Makhamisa Foods which has introduced a proudly South African brand of sauces.

Popular articles
New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

Ipid has revealed that evidence against Khomotso Phahlane shows a dubious pattern in car purchases.

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

Still no trace of missing Charlotte Nikoi, one month on

The husband of missing Charlotte Nikoi has pleaded with public to come forward with any information regarding her whereabouts.

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

[Watch] All the Foreshore Freeway Project proposals

Take a look at the 6 six proposals that have been received by the City for the Foreshore freeway precinct.

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

We are in denial of people marching against us - Lindiwe Sisulu

Human Settlements Minister criticised the ANC for being passive at the memorial of late struggle stalwart Amhed Kathrada.

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

How does El Nino affect Western Cape province?

Professor William Landman explains what El Nino is and its effects on the coming seasons in the Western Cape.

City of Cape Town ratepayers to face new tariff increases

City of Cape Town ratepayers to face new tariff increases

The free 6Kl of water per month will no longer apply to ratepayers owning property valued at R400 000.

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

'Land restitution failed because Government is the biggest owner of land'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's advisor Chris Malikane and Business Leadership SA's Bonang Mohale.