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.

A SPORTING CHANCE

Sport unifies, energises and creates a healthy platform for community interaction. Last weekend, 16 cricket teams and 16 netball teams from Lantana participated in a four-day sport tournament organised by a local team of volunteers who are driving a sport programme...

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FREEDOM DAY – CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY

"Cities (countries) have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody." - Jane Jacobs (paraphrased) Our participation in a democratic society should extend beyond casting a vote on election days. We...

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KLAPMUTS BOOTCAMP ON THE MOVE

Energy, passion, encouragement and plenty of laughter are all part of the experience at the Klapmuts bootcamp! Last week, the Ranyaka team had the privilege to watch this energetic and dedicated group of Klapmuts residents in action when we visited the bootcamp...

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SAFE SPACES

Early Childhood Development is one of the ten programmes that forms part of Ranyaka's community transformation model. Over the next few weeks, Neil Cupido, registered Occupational Health and Safety Officer, will be installing fire extinguishers and safety signage at...

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HAPPY FEET, HAPPY FUTURE

Last week, 700 pupils from Mphe Thuto Primary School in Magaliesburg received brand-new school shoes and stationery thanks to Making a Difference South Africa who approached the De Beers Group for a sponsorship. Ranyaka's local lead co-ordinator in Magaliesburg, Ryan...

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ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS FOR REAL LIFE CHALLENGES

Earlier this week, 400 engineering students from Stellenbosch University had the opportunity to take an up-close look at some of the practical challenges facing communities in and around the town.Three groups of third and fourth-year future engineers from various...

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TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG

For us at Ranyaka Community Transformation, the Nedbank-funded Proud of my Town initiative is not a destination, but a journey. As with all journeys, we believe that good company and support make the load so much lighter. For this reason, we encouraged the principals...

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LET’S WORKSHOP THE FUTURE

Thirty-three ECD principals from Paarl joined the Ranyaka and Inceba Trust teams in an interactive workshop yesterday. We took a look at progress made since the launch of the Proud of my Town fund in June 2017 and planned for the next year! We also mapped the...

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WHEN SHWESHWE SMELLS OF SUCCESS

The distinctive smell of freshly-starched Shweshe fabric greets visitors to Yeyethu Design studio in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. So do broad smiles and an air of optimism and excitement. Because the dynamic duo behind Yeyethu, Bulelwa Tito and Lerato Mtiya, is going...

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BUILDING BUSINESS

Last year, we invited Stellenbosch-based entrepreneurs to come and show us their products and services, tell us their stories and share their dreams. It's been an exciting journey so far! Five of the entrepreneurs who attended our product showcase have been selected...

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MATHS MATTERS

Too many children are reluctant to take pure maths as a school subject. This can close doors to potential study and career opportunities. Parents and educators need to be encouraging children to break away from the misconception that maths is only for some and not...

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ADVOCATING FOR POSITIVE CHANGE

When multiple role players gather around a common agenda, we can achieve so much more. Harnessing collective strength to achieve collective impact is one of the key objectives of the Stellenbosch Civil Advocacy Network (SCAN). The network recently held a session for...

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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.