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.

SUGAR AND SPICE, PASTRY AND EVERYTHING NICE

Gloria Mashigo's journey as a chef is both unexpected and inspiring - with intriguing highs, agonizing lows and heart-warming in-betweens. But what drives this chef to create cakes of impeccable taste and quality? Walking into her premises and looking at the quality...

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“I AM AN ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM BUILDER”

Guest blogger, Lesego Masethe, shares the story of the second-place winner in this year’s Ranyaka Building Business competition held in Mamelodi, Tshwane.While there is no clear definition for the term entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, what is common in all its...

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A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR’S QUEST FOR RURAL CONNECTIVITY

Guest blogger, Lesego Masethe shares the story of the first place winner in the Ranyaka Building Business Social Enterprise competition for 2020.Given Maboela's Flex Internet Café in Stoffel Park, an informal settlement situated in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, is...

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CELEBRATING A CHAMPION

Every great cause needs a champion. Every vision needs visionaries who have the depth of insight to recognize potential. And every inspired idea needs those who have the courage to venture into unchartered territory. On the Proud of my Town journey, this champion is...

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MEET OUR ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS | GRADE 11-12

Meet the winners of group C (grade 11 - 12) in this year's Brain Waves Development essay competition. Two winners share first place - congratulations! Topics include climate change and the effect of Covid-19 on learners' communities. FIRST PRIZE Lebogang Masebulele...

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MEET OUR ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS | GRADE 8-10

Today, we introduce the winners of Group B in the 2020 Brain Waves Development essay competition - proudly sponsored by the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme. All three the winners shared their views on why food production and agriculture matter - especially in the...

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THE STORY OF THE LITTLE VEGETABLE FACTORIES

An old tyre, a few discarded plastic shopping bags, a two-liter plastic cooldrink bottle and enough soil to fill the tyre to create a little vegetable garden – this is what you need to create what Steven Barnard from NuNet calls the “Garden of Life”, because with...

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MEET OUR ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS | GRADE 5-7

We are excited to share the winning entries in this year's Brain Waves Development essay competition - proudly sponsored by the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme. The first prize winner in Group A is Thembelihe Mophuthing, a grade 6 learner from Bethany Combined...

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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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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.