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
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.
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...read more
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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...read more
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...read more
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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...read more
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What does one get when you have a large-but-unloved piece of open land, next to a school with a proactive principal, a community that cares and partners with vision? A beautiful transformation that is already unfolding into one that holds the potential to enrich the...read more
Proud of my Town is spreading its wings! Today, we held the launch workshop in Boitekong, Rustenburg in the North-West Province. Community members and stakeholders shared their insights on the challenges, opportunities and resources in their area. This workshop is the...read more
Farming for the Future takes root in Klapmuts As the harsh impact of lockdown regulations continue to expose - and often exacerbate - the many disparities within our society, there are still diamonds to be found in the dust and dirt of the COVID crisis. One such...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.