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.

Homebaked goodness in the heart of Stellenbosch

Homebaked goodness in the heart of Stellenbosch

By the time pastry chef Nabeelah Cassiem, was eight years old, she had a dream – to own a coffee shop and deli. Nabeelah’s vision saw her baking creamy and decadent cakes and ‘fancies’ which would be on offer alongside her mom’s delicious savoury pastries. The owner...

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Road to success

Road to success

Obtaining your learner’s certificate and then your driver’s licence is probably one of the most important and exciting moments in any person’s life. For many Stellenbosch residents, waiting at the other end of this achievement is Niklaas Willemse (49), the owner of...

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A special blend of joy

A special blend of joy

Adding a little bit of joy into every glass of wine is what Putsuezyna “Putsue” Mdluli describes as the drive behind her passion for winemaking. She began with only a vague knowledge of winemaking before progressing to the point of being skilled enough to create her...

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Come for a haircut, leave with tranquillity

Come for a haircut, leave with tranquillity

Neatly tucked away in Jamestown, the red interior walls and warm welcoming atmosphere are tell-tale signs as to why this barbershop stands out. Zane Fransman, owner of Fransman Barbershop, has worked in both retail and corporate environments, from clothing stores to...

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Taking the plunge

Taking the plunge

When Mhlengi Ngcobo and I meet at the CoCreate economic development hub in Stellenbosch, I can tell within minutes that this is a man that knows coffee. The owner of Coffee MM has made it his business to get to know the product that he roasts and brews inside out and...

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It’s all about connection

It’s all about connection

When meeting Marvelous Matlou for the first time, you are immediately struck by his approachability and quiet confidence. The founder of MTalks and creator of iKommerce.co.za the online impact buying platform hails from the North West province, arriving at...

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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.