Blocking Out

Blocking out describes a design and implementation process that is driven by the community and involves the reconfiguration of a settlement layout into one that is more rationalized allowing for the creation of demarcated pathways or roads, public and semi public spaces all of which opens access for emergency vehicles, the provision of infrastructure and basic services which were not previously taken into account. Shacks get dismantled and upgraded shacks get rebuilt the same day in-situ. Ikhayalami pioneered this upgrading approach in SA, which is being acknowledged by government as a ‘best practice’ and supported and endorsed by thousands of shack dwellers connected to the Informal Settlement Network.



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