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 BOOST FOR CRÈCHE SAFETY IN STELLENBOSCH

Twenty principals from Stellenbosch and surrounds received brand-new fire extinguishers and safety signage for their Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres on Friday. Each classroom in every one of these crèches will now have its own fire extinguisher - helping to...

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THE DAY OUR STORY STARTED

Twenty three years ago, two young town planners reported for duty at the Midrand Metropolitan Local Council in Gauteng on the same day. Johan Olivier and William Bila became colleagues, friends and in 2005, business partners when they opened the doors to their own...

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CONGRATULATIONS, PRINCIPAL FRANS!

We're jumping for joy with Mr Ronald Frans, the formidable principal of Klapmuts Primary School in the Western Cape. Mr Frans received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to nation building and shaping society at the 19th Annual National Teaching...

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STACKING STONES

One of the topics raised at a community meeting in Lantana, Paarl today, was that of stones. Too many stones and rocks lying around in the streets, on the sidewalks, on the playground. So the question arose: What does one do with so many stones? One could carry them...

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MORE CHILDREN ENJOY A SAFER SPACE

Fifteen volunteers from Stellenbosch and Kayamandi joined the Ranyaka team on Saturday to paint Lillies' Crèche. The crèche was painted with special fire-retardant paint in December. This weekend, we added a bright top coat. The fire-retardant (intumescent) paint...

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BOOSTING TOURISM IN MAGALIESBURG

Tourism destinations, guest houses, hotels and restaurants in Magaliesburg, Gauteng are set to benefit from The Cradle Tourism Company's marketing plans for the year. Cradle Tourism is an independent non-profit company which was created to help drive tourism in this...

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CELEBRATING CHANGE AGENTS | SIENA CHARLES

This week, we celebrate the contribution that Siena Charles is making in the community of Kylemore, Stellenbosch. Siena celebrated her birthday earlier this week - Siena, we wish you a blessed new life year! Siena Charles is well-known amongst her fellow Kylemore...

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EQUIPPING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS FOR SUSTAINED SUCCESS

We're incredibly proud of our ten entrepreneurs who successfully completed the Ranyaka Enterprise Development Academy last week! The five-day, intensive training programme was presented in partnership with the Stellenbosch Municipality, facilitated by entrepreneurship...

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SPOTTING A GAP IN THE MARKET

"I noticed that dirty bins were making people sick." Kayamandi-based entrepreneur, Phuti Mbothane, spotted a gap in the market when he realised how litter and unsanitary dustbins were contributing to illness in his community. Today, his bin cleaning business makes a...

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BUILDING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

Fifteen entrepreneurs are participating in a five-day intensive Ranyaka Enterprise Development Academy that kicked off this morning in Stellenbosch. The academy is facilitated by entrepreneurship specialists, Labit - a for-profit Business Incubator that is focused on...

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NOT JUST PAINT

For Lillies Day Care Centre in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, the year kicks off with a fresh coat of paint. But not just any paint. This special fire-retardant (intumescent) paint will delay the rate at which flames spread, should a fire break out at the wooden structure...

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CREATIVITY MEETS ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

A splash of colour, creative energy and broad smiles greet visitors to Yeyethu Designer Studio - a fashion studio based in the Kuyasa community centre in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. We had the privilege of meeting the dynamic duo behind the studio at the product showcase...

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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.