Planning4Informality  is a website that acts as a ‘policy tracker’, data tool and accountability Platform. It was designed to measure and critically assess eight South African cities’ response to national targets set to upgrade 750,000 out of the total 1.2 million informal households to standards outlined in stages 2 and 3 of the Upgrading of Informal Settlements Programme (UISP), part 3 of the National Housing Code. These cities are Buffalo City, City of Cape Town, City of Joburg, City of Tshwane, Mangaung, eThekwini, Ekurhuleni, and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Open Data Durban partnered with Isandla Institute to create this living tracker that enables journalists, researchers, local government, communities, and many other user groups to assess where each South African metro is in terms of housing provision and upgrading informal settlements, supporting evidence-based decision making for city housing policy.

Online presence


South Africa


Other Partners

Isandla Institute and Open Data Durban

Type of organization responsible for the initiative

Non-profit organization

Key people

Richard Gevers

27 21 683 7903



Updated: 4/13/2019

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