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
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.
Last weekend, some 1,200 members of of the Klapmuts community joined the Ranyaka team as we celebrated Nedbank's soon-to-be-launched Proud of my Town initiative. The day's programme was jam-packed from start to finish, including performances by talented local artists...read more
Today, 200 engineering students from Stellenbosch University joined the Ranyaka team for a walkabout through Klapmuts. The students have now been tasked with coming up with people-centered design solutions to address specific problematic issues in Klapmuts. Last week,...read more
Can engineers be social innovators? This was the question we posed to a group of 200 students at the Stellenbosch University's Engineering Faculty today. Ranyaka's Marli Goussard and Johan Olivier co-presented a lecture addressing the pressing need for engineers to...read more
A great turn-out with broad representation at the open dialogue session hosted by the Stellenbosch Civil Advocacy Network (SCAN) at the LaunchLab this morning. SCAN's mission is to encourage collaboration amongst civil society and to provide a space for intersectoral...read more
This week, Amy and Sonya from the Ranyaka team had the privilege to attend a Women's Month high tea event hosted by Valcare. Every day for the month of August, Valcare has been sharing stories of strong, inspirational women who are doing incredible work in their...read more
Yesterday, Ranyaka in collaboration with Impact Funding Platform, Valcare and sponsor, Nedbank, hosted the second Dwarsrivier Valley stakeholder meeting. This meeting is part of a broader process to look at ways in which we can all play our part in developing and...read more
Adventure-seekers, intrepid travellers, foodies and families are in for a 72 hour treat later this month as the annual Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival weaves its magic! Set against the backdrop of Magaliesburg’s breath-taking natural beauty, the three-day weekend...read more
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Nedbank-sponsored Jamestown business breakfast held on Friday. As a joint initiative of Ranyaka, Nedbank and the Jamestown Community Development Trust, the breakfast was the first of a series of events to be...read more
From craft artists to recycling, watch repair to security fences, selling home-cooked meals to passers-by to marketing on Takelot, this morning's group of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs joined the Ranyaka team in learning more about the ways in which a good...read more
Magaliesburg has always been known as a haven for artists and a treasure trove of talent spanning a wide range of artistic mediums. Recognising the immense potential for the town’s artists to benefit from collaboration and for their work to be showcased on a broader...read more
One year ago, Nedbank launched its Proud of my Town fund - a community fund with a difference that has since benefited 1,017 children from 40 crèches in Paarl and surrounds. Ranyaka, working alongside a growing network of organisations, serves as the implementing...read more
Imagine being 10 years old and bullied at school because your socks don't match, your school dress is worn out or you don't have the right jersey. Imagine skipping school altogether because you can't exactly attend class in your pajamas. This happens and the effect is...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-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.