Human Settlements-related
The Wits School of Architecture and
Planning sees Human Settlements
holistically + offers the following short
• All courses are accredited by various committees within Wits University,
incl. the Academic Planning Office
• Short Course cost: R10 000 per person; minimum 10, maximum 25
participants per course
• All logistical arrangements are professionally
handled by Wits Enterprise (WE) , which is dedicated to and vastly
experienced in the running of Short Courses via their Professional
Development hub.
• Delivery is by means of face to face and highly interactive lectures.
• Wits Enterprise also conducts course and lecturer evaluations as a
matter of course.
• Detailed outcomes for each course are available
upon request, but in general, participants should
be able to:
• Interpret fundamental concepts of sustainable
human settlements
• Understand and cite theories, concepts and ideas
pertaining to the subject matter
• Apply theories and concepts to housing
• Describe housing policies promoted by various
countries and international institutions
• Link policy and practice
These are stand-alone courses (at NQF level 8),
but could also count towards a Master’s degree*
i.e. Master of the Built Environment – Housing
Ts & Cs apply!
Admission requirements
• A Bachelor’s degree in architecture,
engineering, planning, sociology or similar
• A Matric + 3 years professional experience in
human settlement-related professions
• The course aims to equip students with the
necessary awareness/understanding of the
various dimensions of sustainability –
environmental, economic and social.
The course is structured into two
• Block A focuses on social aspects of the
sustainability concept
• the aim is to equip students with the
knowledge, analytical tools, and approaches
to community engagement, to develop and
argue for socially appropriate housing
• Block B focuses on technical aspects.
The environmental/resource dimension
will provide the framework for
understanding human settlements policy
and practice in response to environmental
and policy constraints.
The course aims to
• equip students with the necessary understanding
of informal settlements as human settlements,
• frame IS upgrading with the understanding that
various strands of policy (financial, regulatory,
construction, participation, planning) need in
order to speak to this.
The course is structured into two
• The first block focuses on understanding
informal settlements as complex human
settlements and comparing different
approaches to them
• The second block introduces various
approaches to informal settlement upgrading
in South Africa and related policy and practice.
• The content involves the analysis, synthesis
and application in the specific area of
participatory informal settlement upgrading.
The course introduces participants to the local and international
literature on core aspects of housing.
Participants are expected to
• engage critically with existing discourses on housing policy, both
local and international.
• be able to draw on contrasting policies from other countries, while
being able to reflect on the political, economic and social conditions
that allowed these to be developed in their particular context.
• The course encourages a commitment to
addressing the housing crisis.
• case studies from other countries are brought
into the discussion in order to explore
alternative scenarios.
• The course aims to equip students with the
necessary understanding of the various
dimensions of housing finance, and to rights
and legislation that apply to housing.
• The course deals in depth with the evolution of
housing policy, housing rights and legislation in
South Africa, particularly since 1994.
• This is placed in an international context, allowing
us to explore both the broader global
developments from which South Africa is no
longer isolated, and to explore alternatives to the
South African scenario.
• While the course seeks to link housing finance
to questions of rights and legislation, and how
these jointly shape the built environment, the
course to some extent is divided into two
separate sections:
• The first block deals with housing finance.
• The second focuses on rights and legislation.
• The aim of the course is to equip students to
deal with the key issues of how to manage
and maintain rental housing stock and how to
undertake client services.
• The course introduces students to the basic
tools and techniques for running and
managing existing housing stock.
• The course will highlight the basic principles and
processes to be followed in managing residential
stock… from demand assessment, marketing,
allocations, leasing, maintenance, tenant relationship
management and customer service to the policies,
human resources and organisational management
• Current issues and debates in the field, both in South
Africa and internationally will also be addressed.
The course is structured into two
• The first block focuses on the definitions of
property and facilities management; the
development of housing & property
management: history & perspective from the
UK, & South Africa, and
• demand assessment, marketing, waiting lists,
allocations, lease and rental administration;
and the legal aspects of tenant relationship
• The second block introduces rent administration,
setting & affordability; rent collection; managing
empty properties; dealing with arrears & eviction,
tenant participation, customer service &
complaints &
• case studies on the tenant & landlord relationship
will be addressed; how to organise the property
management function and property
*An additional short course is the
• The purpose of the course is to equip students with the necessary
understanding of participatory approaches, the relative institutional
models and organisational methods.
• The course aims to provide students with a basic understanding and
knowledge of participatory methodologies, understanding
potentials and criticalities, especially through practical training,
simulations and exercises.
*this is a non credit bearing course
• The main aim is to enable participants to plan
an entire participatory community
development programme,
• selecting the most suitable approaches and
understanding the different phasing and
techniques to be used for a specific
The course is structured into three
• The first block focuses on understanding of
community participation, from the theoretical
foundations to the practical approaches,
• giving an overview of different types of
participatory methods and some recent
• The second block introduces various
approaches and related institutional models,
relative policies and their linkage to practice.
• The third block is practical training in the form of
3 workshops, focusing on basic aspects of
practising community participatory development
through a series of exercises.
• Participants will also learn how to identify, select
and perform different participatory methods and
tools, depending on their implications in terms of
different outcomes, involvement and role of
different stakeholders.
• (this is a stand-alone practical training course
at NQF level 5 and does not count towards a
Master’s degree)
Admission requirements for the
Basic Participatory Course:
• A minimum of 2 years professional experience
in human settlement-related professions.
Allied Short Courses
• In terms of an holistic approach to Human
Settlements, the following courses will also be
Climate Change and Towns
Drought Management
Storm Mitigation
Flood Mitigation (Structural and
Wildfires Mitigation
Technological Hazards Mitigation
Pest Mitigation
Mitigation Management
Landslide Mitigation
(These courses are currently in the
process of being approved within
Wits University).
They are non credit – bearing (for
These SCs are pitched at NQF level
Admission reqs.: Matric +
relevant experience
Detailed outcomes for each course are available upon
request, but in general, participants should be able to:
• Understand and manage the theory and practice of
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management and
apply this at all spatial and other levels
• Plan, organise and implement local mitigation plans.
Leadership for Sustainable Energy
• is a peer to peer, trans disciplinary course (so
does not have an NQF rating)
• Is run by The Global Change and Sustainability
Research Institute (GCSRI) of the University of
the Witwatersrand
• This course will collaboratively, with programme
participants, build and develop
• on leadership competencies that deal with leadership for
sustainable energy transitions.
The three main pillars of the programme are:
• Leadership in energy transitions
• Unlearning for transitions: Related resource persons, tools
and practices
• Substantiating on current understanding on unlearning for
transitions, with neuroscience as the key approach
CVs* of Facilitators and/or
*full CVs are available on request
Prof Marie Huchzermeyer
• Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, University of Cape
Town (2000).
• Master in City Planning and Urban Design (with distinction),
University of Cape Town (1994).
• Bachelor in Landscape Architecture, University of Pretoria (1987).
• B3 Rating (‘considerable international recognition by peers for high
quality and impact of recent research outputs’) from the National
Research Foundation (NRF) in 2008 and 2014.
• Grant from the ANFASA Grant Scheme for Authors (AGSA),
Association of Non-Fiction Authors of South Africa (2009).
• Institute of Housing of South Africa (Gauteng Provincial Branch and
National) Housing Special Merit Awards (2004).
• Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in
the South – N-AERUS
• International Research Group on Law and Urban Space – IRGLUS
• Association of Non-Fiction Authors of South Africa – ANFASA
• Since 2003: Board member of the urban development NGO Planact
• Editorial board of the journals Urban Forum, and Sub/Urban
(Zeitschrift fuer kritische Stadtforschung)
• Professor, Convener of the interdisciplinary MBE Housing, School of
Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering and the Built
Environment, University of the Witwatersrand.
Employment history
Jan 2001-date
School of Architecture and Planning, University of the
Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor (since 2005),
Professor (since 2011)
Mar-Dec. 2000
Faculty of the Built Environment,
South Bank University
Research fellow (peri-urban transformations)
Jan 1995-Dec. 1999
Consultancies/contract research: Isandla Institute, Cape
Town; Division of Building Technology, CSIR;
Building Design Group, Swaziland; School of
Architecture and Planning, University of Cape Town;
Division of Transport, CSIR; Environmental
Monitoring Group, Cape Town.
Review of South African housing policy debate;
informal settlement intervention; low income
housing; urban integration; sustainable housing.
Jan. 1988-Dec. 1992
Landscape architecture offices in Cape Town and
Assistant landscape architect; landscape architect;
Dr Margot Rubin
• • 2009 – 2013 PhD -Urban Planning and
Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand:
• • 2002 – 2005 MA Urban Geography,
University of Pretoria:
• • 1999 January – 1999 December, BA, Honours
in Geography and Environmental Studies,
University of the Witwatersrand
• • 1996 – 1998 Bachelor of Arts (Geography
and Philosophy), University of the Witwatersrand
• 2.
• •
January 2009- Current: Independent Development Consultant
and Policy Researcher ; Sessional lecturing and post-graduate
supervision at the University of the Witwatersrand; Housing Policy
training for government officials
• •
January 2006- December 2008: Researcher, and Research Coordinator, Centre for Urban and Built Environment Studies (CUBES);
Wits University,
• •
August 2004 – December 2005: Researcher and research
dissemination officer, Social Housing Foundation
• •
February 2004 – August 2004: Researcher Centre for
Development and Enterprise
Mr Neil Klug
• National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning, Natal
Technikon, 1983
• Masters Degree in Town and Regional Planning, Natal
University, 1991
• Masters Degree in Urban Design, Oxford-Brookes University
(UK), 1995
• Diploma in Project Management, University of Pretoria,
• Corporate Member of the South African Council of Town
and Regional Planners
• Corporate Member of the South African Planning Institute
• Neil Klug is an urban planner and designer
who has over 24 years consulting experience
and is the director of Neil Klug TRP (SA).
• he is a permanent major-time (80%) senior
lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand’s
Planning School and has 18 years lecturing
Neil has strong experience in the management of planning
processes. His areas of specialisation include Integrated
Development Plans, Spatial Development Frameworks, housing
policy plans, detailed spatial layout design (incorporating informal
settlement upgrading); the formulation of land use plans, urban
design, and feasibility studies.
Over the past five years he has published 6 articles and chapters in
local and international journals with colleagues in the areas of
informal settlement upgrading, inclusionary housing and spatial
• Self-employed / Senior Lecturer (2002 – Present) 80%
University of the Witwatersrand and 20% Neil Klug TRP (SA)
• Self-employed (1999 – 2002), Neil Klug TRP (SA) + part time
lecturer at University KwaZulu Natal
• Senior project manager (1996 – 1999), Scott Wilson
Planning & Development Resources + part time lecturer at
University of KwaZulu Natal
• Town Planner (1990 – 1996), Seneque Maughan Brown and
• Town Planning technician (1980 – 1983), Vincent Leggo
• 2014 - Preparation of teaching materials for NUSP for Informal Settlement
• 2013 – Contributed to a Supply Side Housing Strategy for De Beers
Consolidated Mines
• 2012 – Contributed to a Supply Side Housing Strategy for ESKOM
• 2009 – Appointed by national treasury, ISRDP-Neighbourhood
Development Grant Programme Selection Process.
• 2008 - Appointed by the National Department of Housing to review the
BNG policy on informal settlement upgrading
• 2006/07 - Prepared the Umdoni Municipality Housing Plan
• 2005/06 - ILO Employment Aspects for Slum Upgrading Study: Undertook
a study of a People’s Housing Process project as a case study,
• 2004 – 2008 Khulula Housing Layout Project
• Training of municipal housing officials, 2014: Appointed by Shisaka to train
housing officials in a course entitled: An Introduction to Housing Policy for
Housing Administrators, funded by ABSA, and the French Development
Bank. Now have trained about 380 local, district, metropolitan and
provincial government officials country wide on this course.
• Training of municipal housing officials, 2009-2013: Appointed by Shisaka
to train housing officials in a course entitled: An Introduction to Housing
Policy for Housing Administrators, funded by ABSA, and the French
Development Bank.
• Special Lecture on Site Analysis and Seminar, 2009: Conducted a special
lecture on an analysis of a specific site in South Africa and gave a general
seminar on planning in SA for the University of Sheffield’s Department of
Urban Planning, in Sheffield, UK.
• .
• Preparation of Course Material for a Housing training
Course, 2008: Appointed by Shisaka to prepare Town
planning aspects for a housing course for municipal officials
funded by ABSA.
• Training the Trainers on the DPLG’s IDP Training Manual:
2007 – Prepared course material and undertook training of
21 potential IDP trainers. This was undertaken for GTZ.
• Integrated Development Planning Short Course: 2007 –
Prepared and presented SETA accredited five day short
courses on Integrated Development Planning at MXA.
Three courses were taught during 2007, and were attended
by approximately 45 delegates made up of municipal and
provincial officials
• Integrated Development Planning Short Course: 2006 –
Prepared and presented together with Professor Phillip
Harrison a two day short course on Integrated
Development Planning for the Development Bank of
South Africa. The course was attended by 21 delegates
made up of bank officials and some municipal officials.
• Spatial Development Framework Workshop: 2005,
Prepared and facilitated a national workshop on
Implementing Spatial Planning for Government, for
Trade Conference International. The workshop was
attended by 34 public and private sector participants
from around the country.
Dr. Costanza la Mantia
• •
Postdoc Fellowship, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa),
July 2013-present. Research topics: Urban Resilience for Sustainable
Development, Resilient Governance, Resilient Urban Form, Informality and
• •
PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Palermo (Italy),
2010: Research topic: Strategic tools, Governance and Participation in
Planning, dissertation title “Sharing the Future. Urban Strategic Tools and
Inclusive Processes in Planning”, 2007-2009.
• •
International Postgraduate Master in Integrated Relational Tourism
and Regional Planning, University of Palermo (Italy) & Helwan University
(Egypt), 2008.
• •
Professional Degree in Architecture, cum laude, University of
Palermo (Italy), 2005: Thesis: “New operative models and complex
tools for urban and regional planning: from autopoiesis of living
systems to autopoiesis of urban and regional systems. “
• •
Senior Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand (South
Africa), School of Architecture & Planning, August 2014-present.
• •
Contemporary Design & Environmental Issues in South Africa,
2014. Urban design course focusing on participatory informal
settlement upgrading.
• Senior Lecturer, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (Rwanda),
Faculty of Architecture & Environmental Design, 2012-2013.
• •
Urban Ecology & Slum Upgrading Design Studio, 2013.
• •
Participatory Informal Areas Upgrading Design Studio, 2012.
• •
Urban Anthropology, 2012.
• •
Research Methodologies, 2013.
Research Affiliate, Bartlett School - University
College London (UK), Department Planning
Unit, 2012. Researcher within the
collaborative research project The Heuristics of
Mapping Urban Environmental Change, a
comparative research on bottom-up mapping
practices between London, Milan, and Cairo.
Organization of research workshop &
symposium Cairo: Mapping Informality, in
collaboration with Megawra-Built Environment
Collective, Cairo.
Research Board Member, Milan
Polytechnic (Italy), Laboratory of Development
Cooperation, Department of Architecture &
Planning, 2008-2010. Bilateral research-action
project Living in the City of the Dead, Cairo.
Various Guest Lectures:
Milan Polytechnic DiAP (Italy), guest
lecturer in the seminar Cairo’s Informal Areas
in Post-Revolution: the Future of the City of
the Dead amongst plans and expectations,
Milan Polytechnic DiAP (Italy), guest
lecturer in the seminar Re-framing Egyptian
Planning System, 2011.
Milan Polytechnic DiAP (Italy), guest
lecturer in the seminar Strategic Planning and
Governance for Cairo’s Development, 2010.
American University in Cairo (Egypt),
Faculty of Mass Communication, guest lecturer
in the seminar inquiring the Community
Complexity of the City of the dead, 2010.
American University in Cairo (Egypt) & Milan
Poytechnic (Italy), coordination and tutoring of
the international workshop Inside the City of
the Dead, Cairo, 2010.
Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt),
Faculty of Engineering, Design & Architecture,
guest lecturer in the seminar Approaching and
Representing a Complex Urban Environment,
Teaching Assistant, University of
Palermo (Italy), 2005-2008. Courses:
Architectural & Urban Design, 20052008.
Dr Sarah Charlton
• PhD in Town and Regional Planning, 2013, University of Sheffield,
• Master of Architecture (Housing), 1994, University of Natal, Durban
• Bachelor of Architecture, 1989, University of the Witwatersrand,
• Relevant employment history
• Senior Lecturer (2003–present) in the Planning Programme, School
of Architecture and Planning, Wits.
• Project Manager, (April 1997–Nov 2001) Metro Housing Unit,
Durban Metropolitan Council.
• Senior Project Leader (March 1994- March 1997) Built Environment
Support Group (BESG).
Selected professional work
2014 - Contributed to the development of a training course on informal
settlement upgrading, for the National Upgrading Support Programme (NUSP),
Department of Human Settlements (with Shisaka)
2012 - Member of the team researching the conceptual basis of the future lowincome housing approach, for the Department of Human Settlements
2010 - Member of the team developing the ‘Bad Buildings’ Strategy for the City of
Johannesburg (with team leader Tanya Zack).
2009 - Member of the team formulating the Quick Guide to Housing in Africa, for
UN Habitat through the African Centre for Cities (with Tanya Zack and Melinda
2004 & 2005 - Formulation of the eThekwini Inner City Housing Strategy, as part
of the inner city Spatial Development Framework, for the Inner Ethekwini
Regeneration and Urban Management Programme) (with Joanne Lees)
2003 - Review of the National Department of Housing’s Programmes, Policies and
Practices 1994-2003, for the National Department of Housing (with Melinda
Silverman and Stephen Berrisford)
Dr Brian Boshoff
Fulbright Scholar
2010. Ph.D. in the “Environmental Design and Planning Program(me)” at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University, aka Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA.
1989. M.Sc. (T.R.P.)
(Town and Regional Planning/Development Planning),
University of the Witwatersrand.
1984. H. Dip. P.D.A.
(Higher Diploma in Planning for Developing Areas) (DISTINCTION: “Development
University of the Witwatersrand.
Rhodes University.
Diploma of the Institute of Organization and Methods.
Current and Previous Employment
Currently Full time Senior Lecturer and SHORT COURSE CONVENOR in the School of
Architecture and Planning, Wits University (16 years experience)
Development Planner and Environmental Specialist at the Development Bank of
Southern Africa (DBSA). Founder member of DBSA’s Environmental Unit. Eight
years experience.
Trainee in Environmental Management, and Organization and Methods/Work
study at the Electricity Supply Commission. Two Years Experience.
Part-time lecturer: Dept. of Town and Regional Planning, University of the
Witwatersrand. Seven years experience.
Instructor: Virginia Tech (USA) Urban Affairs and Planning Programme.
Reviewer/Associate Editor: The International Journal for Environmental, Cultural,
Economic and Social Sustainability
Reviewer for DBSA publication ”A DBSA Perspective on Sustainable Development”
Observer: Local Agenda 21 National Network: Establishment of National Steering
Past Member of the International Association for Impact Assessment
Consultant (e.g., Evaluation for “Danish Universities Consortium on Environment
and Development;” and UN HABITAT).
Facilitator and presenter of numerous short courses on Disaster Risk Management
In Southern and East Africa
• Finalist for the University of the Witwatersrand
Vice Chancellor’s INDIVIDUAL Teaching Award
• Nominated again for the University Of The
Witwatersrand Vice Chancellor’s INDIVIDUAL
Teaching Award in 2002.
• Nominated for the University of the
Witwatersrand Vice Chancellor’s TEAM Teaching
Award in both 2008 and 2009.
Prof. Daniel Irurah
• (PhD, M. Arch, MUP, B.Arch (Hons))
• Architect (Registered - S. Africa and Kenya)
• Policy analyst/planner (Urban, Energy,
Environmental and Housing)
• Associate Professor (Sustainable Architecture, Cities & Settlements),
School of Architecture & Planning, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
• Programme Leader: Wits-GIZ CL+: Leadership for Sustainable Energy
Transitions – June 2013 to January 2014: A trans-disciplinary peer-to-peer
learning and knowledge co-creation initiative based on competencies in
self-development for collective agency/action and deepening subject
matter understanding.
• Convenor/Anchor-Lecturer: Masters in Architecture (Sustainable and
Energy Efficient Cities – SEEC) newly launched at Wits (School of
Architecture & Planning), 2011 (ongoing) as one of the deliverables under
PREA (Promoting Renewable Energy for Africa) Programme, 2006 - 2009.
• Bio-fuels Africa (under Syn-Consult Africa): Incubating private sector
initiatives to catalyse grass-roots bio-fuels eco-enterprises (with
distributed generation as the primary platform/model)
• Member, Adjudication Panel – SAIA-AfriSam Awards for Sustainable
Architecture in South Africa (2009/2010, 2011/2012 and
• Member, Jury Panel: Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction,
Cycle 4, Africa Middle East Region
• External Examiner: Faculty of the Built Environment, Uganda
Martyrs University, Uganda
• Member, Reference Group: State of the Cities Report 2016, South
African Cities Network (SACN)
• Member, Board of Directors and Chair of Education Sub-Committee, Green
Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) 2011 – 2013
• Visiting Professor: University of Stellenbosch and Sustainability Institute
(Stellenbosch, South Africa).
• Sustainability Consultant and Co-Administrator – South Bank International
Architectural Competition:
• Project Leader: Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, Africa Middle
East Region (First Cycle: 2004 – 2006, Second Cycle 2006 - 2009)
• Member of the Reference Group: Sustainable Cities: South African Cities
Network (SACN)
Dr Krisno Nimpuno
Propaedeutic Exam Architecture, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Candidaat I, b.i., (B. Arch.), Delft University of Technology, TUD, Delft, The Netherlands
Arkitekt examen), (M. Arch.), Technical University, CTH, Gothenburg, Sweden,
1971 Teknisk Licentiat, (MPhil), Technical Doctorate, Hospital Planning, Royal Institute of Technology
KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Nordic School of Public Health, NHH, Gothenburg, Sweden
Certificate of Public Health, Environmental Hygiene
Nordic School of Public Health, NHH, Gothenburg, Sweden
Certificate of Public Health, Water Hygiene
Languages: Indonesian, English, Swedish, Dutch, Portuguese, French, German, some Swahili.
• Dr Nimpuno has forty years of professional and academic
experience as architect, planner and public servant.
• Specializing in risk management, housing, infrastructure, health
buildings and environmental planning, he has worked as a
consultant in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa; and on
housing programs in Sweden and throughout East Africa.
He has served as expert for UNDP, NORAD, IDA/World Bank,
UNESCO and UNCHS projects, ranging from rural development
programs, school planning, refugee settlement planning, sites and
services schemes, slum upgrading, and environmental health
• He coordinated the UNESCO project to develop training
materials on disaster management. As IDA/ World Bank
/ UN project manager and N0RAD expert he has been
concerned with the formulation, planning and
implementation of national policies.
• He has been stationed for government assignments in
Indonesia, Sweden, Canada, Tanzania, Kenya, and
Mozambique and has held academic positions in
Sweden, Indonesia, Thailand and the Netherlands.
• He has worked on research and consultant assignments in
Botswana, Zambia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Thailand, Vietnam,
Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Burma,
Colombia, Sweden, South Africa and Portugal.
• He has been involved in pioneering modern low cost
sanitation methods and has organized several international
gatherings on this topic.
• He has a wide experience in environmental monitoring and
sustainable development planning. His multi-disciplinary
work on disaster and emergency reduction explores bridges
between disaster risk management and development.