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 mid-2020, we will be working in 13 communities in 8 towns across 7 provinces in South Africa – implementing the Nedbank Proud of my Town initiative.

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.

BUILDING BUSINESS | REFLECTIONS ON 2020 AND THE WAY FORWARD

The year 2020 upended the global economy, bringing disruption and, in many cases, devastation at mass scale. Small, medium- and micro enterprises (SMMEs) as well as survivalist businesses have been especially hard hit.During the course of this year, the Nedbank Proud...

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BUILDING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

Ranyaka is excited to announce that BUCO Hardware, a division of The Building Company, is embarking on a journey with us as we tackle Fix Your Space and Land & Property projects that will help create places where people can prosper – in every sense of the word....

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FROM PROFIT TO PURPOSE

What if a business could do so much more than generate a revenue? What if, at the same time, a business could solve pressing social problems and make the world a better place?This was the challenge facing the twenty participants in a Social Entrepreneurship...

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SPORT CHANGES LIVES

Forty players from the Kanyamazane Hockey Club in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province are the proud owners of brand-new uniforms following a sponsorship by the Proud of my Town programme. Each of the four coaches also received tracksuits and PoMT will also be sponsoring...

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NEDBANK GREENBACKS SUPPORTS PROUD OF MY TOWN

We are incredibly excited to announce that the Nedbank Greenbacks Programme now also makes it possible for clients to support the Proud of my Town initiative. What is the Greenbacks programme?Nedbank Greenbacks is a money management programme that encourages clients...

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MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE PEOPLE’S BRAND

Starting out his working life as a performing artist on the stage of the dinner theatre, Amazink, in Kayamandi township, Stellenbosch, you can just imagine how Samkela “Teddy” Mhlakaza can tell a really good story! So it comes as no surprise that what gets him most...

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R1 MILLION MILESTONE FOR POMT COVID-19 RELIEF

Over the past five months, the Proud of my Town (PoMT) programme has invested over R1 million towards a host of relief and recovery interventions in 13 communities across seven provinces. Ranyaka has been rolling out the multi-faceted PoMT programme in a growing...

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WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?

Over the past four years, Nedbank's Proud of my Town (PoMT) programme has invested over R1 million towards supporting Early Childhood Development centres. With the ECD sector hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and a nationwide lockdown, PoMT made it possible for us...

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ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL

Davene Pool grew up in Idas Valley and, in her words, was far from being a ‘girly-girl’. Growing up in a house with only boys, she remembers a happy childhood and being spoilt by all members of her family.'When you look good, you feel good'Fate had other plans,...

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INVITATION TO QUOTE – STELLENBOSCH ECONOMIC HUB

Local contractors are invited to quote for the refurbishment of the old Victoria Street clinic in Stellenbosch. Ranyaka was awarded a ten-year lease by the Stellenbosch Municipality in 2019 to transform the disused clinic building into an entrepreneurial development...

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WHERE PERSISTENCE MEETS A PASSION FOR FASHION

Walking into the converted structure that is home to Yeyethu Designer Studio is rather like walking into an old-fashioned sweet shop. You are greeted by a riot of colour – Shweshwe fabrics lie scattered across the worktops, patterns are pinned to the walls, shelves...

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FROM DAY ZERO TO HERO

How Day Zero inspired a Hero: The story of Asiphe ‘Sips’ Makhumalo - a young black woman, not only building a name for herself in a traditionally male-dominated water sector - but also a firecracker  with a burning desire to see a greater representation of youth, in...

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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-2020, Ranyaka will be working in 13 towns and neighbourhoods in 9 towns across seven provinces throughout South Africa. We focus mainly, but not exclusively, on under-resourced communities.