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Freedom Square Informal Settlement :Road to Security of Tenure

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Community Members identifying new relocation sites   Freedom Square informal settlement residents are preparing to register their land rights as part of the Flexible Land Tenure system using the  Social Tenure Domain Model . The different components of the act was explained to the community by Mr Peter Rutsch (download copy  Flexible Land Tenure Act, Act 4 of 2012 ) , explaining the differences between starter tile and Land-hold Title .  Freedom square residents have been residing in the settlement for more than 15 years without any security of tenure, facing possible evictions from the municipality. Through partnership and community enumerations, the Gobabis municipality reconsidered the planning decisions on relocation's . The planning for the area was done through the Association of African Planning( AAPS ) studio's with Town and Regional Planning Students from the polytechnic of Namibia and the community on the design of the settlement which was later digitized

The Importance of Information

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Federation members Reflecting on the profiling and enumeration process : Pictures Okahandja Park Community members drawing settlement Map as part of settlement profile Anastasia Chimwandi , showing federation members on how data is captured online  Meme Ronnie and Meme Wenky on the importance of Mapping with the GPS  Ms Rosalinda Hendricks reflects: “It all started off with information collection amongst ourselves as federation members who are saving, we developed a questionnaire for profiling, collected information in 235 informal settlements, which was published 2009 with the support of the Ministry of Regional Local Government, Housing and Rural Development at that time. We further also carried out enumerations, interviewing each household in different informal settlements so we can use the data to inform the local authority on the affordability of residents in accessing services, and negotiating for buying land.” read the entire post here on the Slum dwellers inter