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-2021, we will be working in 8 provinces across South Africa – implementing the Nedbank Proud of my Town initiative.
WE WORK WITH
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
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
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.
The calm air that surrounds photographer, Lindsay Petersen, is almost tangible. One gets the distinct impression that here is someone who takes the time to connect deeply with others. Someone who pays attention – whether it be to the positioning of a painting on a...read more
We are living in tumultuous times. The COVID19 pandemic has disrupted the day-to-day lives of many South Africans, resulting in unprecedented job losses and business closures. In addition, the recent unrest that erupted across the country destroyed businesses and...read more
Adding a little bit of joy into every glass of wine is what Putsuezyna “Putsue” Mdluli describes as the drive behind her passion for winemaking. She began with only a vague knowledge of winemaking before progressing to the point of being skilled enough to create her...read more
While Will Hammers may appear to be a “man of few words”, sitting in the newly renovated CoCreate Hub in Victoria Street, Stellenbosch, it is apparent that Will’s work does a lot of the talking for him. The warm exposed brick walls of the historic building provide a...read more
The recent looting of malls in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has threatened the survival of hundreds of small businesses. In response to this crisis, Ranyaka is currently implementing a small business relief and recovery intervention under the banner of the Nedbank Proud...read more
Neatly tucked away in Jamestown, the red interior walls and warm welcoming atmosphere are tell-tale signs as to why this barbershop stands out. Zane Fransman, owner of Fransman Barbershop, has worked in both retail and corporate environments, from clothing stores to...read more
The recent looting of malls in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has threatened the survival of hundreds of small businesses. In response to this crisis, Ranyaka in collaboration with the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme has launched a relief and recovery intervention to...read more
When Mhlengi Ngcobo and I meet at the CoCreate economic development hub in Stellenbosch, I can tell within minutes that this is a man that knows coffee. The owner of Coffee MM has made it his business to get to know the product that he roasts and brews inside out and...read more
When meeting Marvelous Matlou for the first time, you are immediately struck by his approachability and quiet confidence. The founder of MTalks and creator of iKommerce.co.za the online impact buying platform hails from the North West province, arriving at...read more
Garnet Christians’ energetic demeanor is evident as he ushers us along his driveway. We were meeting to hear more about Acu-Temp (Pty) Ltd - the temperature control company he co-founded in 2014. When we commented on the beautiful garden, Garnet gave credit where it...read more
Kyle Heneke has a spring in his step as he walks to greet me. Although he’s wearing his mask, I can see the smile in his eyes. Known as “Akker” to his peers in Idas Valley, this tour guide and owner of Valley Cultural Tours makes you feel instantly welcome in his...read more
Known locally for his unique sense of style, over-the-top wedding dresses, colourful bags and scarves, Michael Tlou is a true epitome of creativity. He is a self-made man. Michael was raised in a single-parent household where, as a young boy, he was fascinated by bold...read more
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.