Building relationships:

eKhaya set out to organise property owners, housing managers, caretakers and residents to co-operate between themselves to create and maintain a safe, clean, healthy and well managed environment, for the benefit of the people who live and work in the area.

Identifying key interventions to improve the urban environment:

One of the first initiatives was to clean up the existing sanitary lanes which were filthy, neglected and dangerous areas where no-one took responsibility for their upkeep. The first manifestations of the eKhaya project were not always physical, but slowly the process of building urban governance has resulted in people driven changes to the environment, from the carving out of public space and play areas from the streets to the reclamation of urban open space.