WE HARNESS THE POWER OF COLLABORATION AND ACTIVE CITIZENRY TO CO-CREATE THRIVING COMMUNITIES.

Ranyaka was established as a non-profit, urban planning consultancy in 2013 to develop transformative strategies for towns and neighbourhoods. We work hand-in-hand with residents, civil society entities, faith-based institutions, business, all levels of government, academic institutions and local change agents to co-create places where people can prosper – in every sense of the word. By the end of 2019, we will be working in eight towns in six provinces across South Africa.

PLACE MATTERS. Over ten decades collectively, our team has learnt first-hand that one cannot tackle deeply-rooted issues such as unsafe neighbourhoods, inequality, intergenerational poverty and rampant crime without starting with the backdrops against which these issues play out. When the eco-system is broken, well-intentioned investments and efforts fail to yield maximum returns.

PLACE IS NOT ENOUGH. Fixing physical spaces and broken systems is only part of the picture. We need to restore relationships, trust and the belief that things can change for the better. We need to connect the often disjointed efforts of those seeking to make a difference. We need to unlock the immense potential within communities and activate local change agents from within their midst.

PARTNERSHIP IS CRITICAL. We do not work alone – and we do not reinvent the wheel. We work in communities, with communities and alongside all those who are already investing time, energy and money in building resilience and bringing restoration. We believe in the power of active citizenry.

JOURNEY WITH US. South Africa is brimming with opportunity. Our under-resourced neighbourhoods and the local heroes who call them home truly have so much more to offer than the sum of their perceived brokenness.

We believe that together, restoration, resilience and growth are possible.

WE WORK WITH
PLACES

 

Our approach is place-based and systemic. People-centered spatial planning and multi-sectoral integration are key to community well-being. Our objective is to create healthy eco-systems that lay a foundation for optimal development.

 

A TRANSFORMED PLACE HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM LIVES.

WE WORK WITH
PEOPLE

 

We work with local stakeholders, strengthening change agents, facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration and integrating citizen-led initiatives into the over-arching strategy for the area. Our objective is collective, as opposed to isolated impact.

 

THROUGH COLLABORATION, WE TACKLE WHAT IS WRONG AND UNLOCK WHAT IS STRONG.

WE WORK WITH
PIONEERING INVESTORS

 

We develop smarter ways of investing in societal transformation. Our objective is sustainability, real impact and maximum return on investment. Nedbank’s Proud of my Town initiative is a prime example of smart investment in action.

 

SMART INVESTMENT LOOKS BEYOND ISOLATED INTERVENTIONS.

HELLO, PORT ELIZABETH!

Proud of my Town (PoMT) has spread its wings to the township of Zwide in Port Elizabeth and last week, we had the privilege of working with Ubuntu Pathways to help bring relief to vulnerable families in need. Thanks to the Nedbank Proud of My Town fund in Port...

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COVID-19: HOPE IN A TIME OF HAVOC

Image by Alfred Thorpe | Vuurtoring MediaThe year 2020 will undoubtedly go down in history as a year when a pandemic turned the world upside down - bringing disruption, despair and even devastation on a global scale. At the same time, the Proud of my Town team has...

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SUPPORTING THE HOMELESS IN TSHWANE

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown affects every single South African and the most vulnerable members of our society are undoubtedly the hardest hit.

 As part of Nedbank's Proud of my Town programme, we had the privilege today to support two shelters in the City of...

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COMMUNITY IN A NEW LIGHT

Community. It has become such a loaded term in our society. And the textbook answer would be that a community is a group of people who find themselves living within the same geographical area. That’s it. Plain, clear and very simply defined.  Is it really just that? I...

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THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN MAGALIESBURG

As part of the fight against Covid-19 in the area, the West Rand District Municipality launched its public spaces sanitizing programme in Magaliesburg last Wednesday. Work continued this morning after rain halted the process over the weekend.

 Ranyaka's local...

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FOOD FOR HUNGRY FAMILIES

The clock was ticking. There were less than 12 hours to go before South Africa went into full lockdown.

 A group of volunteers from multiple churches and NGOs in Stellenbosch (and across South Africa, we can safely assume!) were braving the endless queues in grocery...

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OUR HANDS CAN HARM. BUT OUR HANDS CAN ALSO HEAL.

The message is clear. Wash your hands, do not touch your face, do not shake hands. It is easy and natural, in times like these, to feel helpless and to wonder about what one could and should be doing to make a difference. We would like to urge NGOs, NPOs, faith-based...

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BUILDING BUSINESS IN MAGALIESBURG

Our very first product showcase for community entrepreneurs in Magaliesburg had our team scurrying for (plenty of) extra chairs when more than double the number of RSVPs registered to participate on the morning of the event! A whopping total of 54 entrepreneurs from...

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EMPOWERING WOMEN

In 2019, Jamestown-based NGO, Usiko, launched a programme aimed at empowering a group of 20 dynamic women from the community to take them to reach new heights in their lives – and equip them to become local change agents. The project is funded by the Distell...

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HOPE BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR

Last week, we had the privilege to peek behind the Green Door in Jamestown when we handed over twenty care packs donated to the project by Santam and Ranyaka in collaboration with an anonymous donor. What we discovered behind the green door was an unexpected treasure...

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HELLO, KANYAMAZANE!

This past weekend marked a special milestone in the Ranyaka journey - and the unfolding story of Nedbank's Proud of my Town programme. Thank you to the community of Kanyamazane, Nelspruit in Mpumalanga for welcoming the Ranyaka team into your midst!A group of 80...

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MY STORY COUNTS

The sound of laughter can be heard as one enters the Boomhuis Art Gallery at the Woodmill in Stellenbosch. Twenty high school learners from different communities are gathered for a week-long holiday programme with a difference. The Chalkboard Project brings hope and...

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ABOUT US

 

In 1996, two young town planners from very different backgrounds reported for duty at a local municipality in Gauteng. Only two years had passed since the dawn of democracy in South Africa.

 

WHAT WE DO

 

Ranyaka works hand-in-hand with communities, local stakeholders, all levels of government and investors to develop and implement transformation strategies for towns and communities.

 

WHERE WE WORK

 

By mid-2019, Ranyaka will be working in 12 towns and neighbourhoods across eight provinces throughout South Africa. We focus mainly, but not exclusively, on under-resourced communities.