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-2023, we will be working in 28 communities in 12 towns in 8 provinces across South Africa – implementing the Nedbank Proud of my Town initiative.

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.

Mamelodi businesses take the limelight

Mamelodi businesses take the limelight

“Without prosperous local economies, the people have no power and the land no voice.” – Wendell Berry, novelist and farmerOn 30 June 2022, the second cohort of the Ranyaka Building Business Programme in Mamelodi came together to celebrate the incredible milestones...

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Standing with survivors

Standing with survivors

Victims of sensitive crimes are often left feeling helpless, isolated and vulnerable. In many cases, the process of reporting these crimes to the authorities can exacerbate these feelings, especially in environments that are not conducive to comfort and...

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Joining forces in Jamestown

Joining forces in Jamestown

The community of Jamestown has always been one with a strong commitment towards working together for the common good. Located in the picturesque Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, there is a hint of togetherness coupled with independence in the air as one walks its...

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Festival vibes for Umlazi

Festival vibes for Umlazi

The Umlazi Market and Sports Festival held on 6 May 2023 proved to be a true celebration of community spirit and a testimony to the power of collaboration! With over 300 participants and 400 attendees, the festival served as a warm-up for the main festival scheduled...

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Getting connected in Boitekong

Getting connected in Boitekong

In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, computer literacy is becoming increasingly important. From basic computer skills like using a mouse and keyboard to more advanced skills such as programming, being technology-savvy can open up countless opportunities in...

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Harnessing the power of sport in Mamelodi

Harnessing the power of sport in Mamelodi

The KwaMhlanga Sports Academy in Mamelodi township, Gauteng, hosted its first annual quarterly soccer clinic over the second weekend of April 2023. A total of 22 teams are currently participating in the Mamelodi football league.The Academy collaborates with local...

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Mamelodi businesses on the move

Mamelodi businesses on the move

South Africa’s township economy is one of the most significant contributors to the country’s overall economic well-being and is crucial to unlocking growth, inclusion and long-term stability for our nation. An estimated 17% of South Africa’s total employment is...

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Proud of My Town Kicks Off in Khayelitsha

Proud of My Town Kicks Off in Khayelitsha

On Friday 18 November, 41 community members and stakeholders from Khayelitsha joined us for our very first activation workshop in the area! This workshop marks the official launch of the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme in the community. A big thank you to the...

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Building Business in Mamelodi

Building Business in Mamelodi

The Ranyaka Building Business (RBB) programme, which is funded by the Nedbank Enterprise Development department and supported by the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme, recognises that a thriving local economy is a pivotal cornerstone of a thriving local...

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Telling the stories that matter

Telling the stories that matter

Have you ever been deeply impacted by a person’s life story? Do you agree that storytelling is powerful, especially when someone shares their own story?We believe that stories have the power to unite, build empathy, connect, inspire and encourage. From 25 to 29...

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Entrepreneurs showcase their mettle

Entrepreneurs showcase their mettle

The month of September brought with it a significant milestone in the Ranyaka Building Business programme in Mamelodi, Gauteng.Representatives from 113 small local businesses attended a Business Plan training session in Mamelodi, followed by an exciting Pitch My...

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Proud of my Town kicks off in INK

Proud of my Town kicks off in INK

Earlier this month, the Proud of my Town programme kicked off officially in the INK (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) area in Durban when our team hosted an interactive activation workshop at a local community hall. A big thank you to the 91 participants from multiple...

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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.