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Incremental settlement is an initiative of Afesis-corplan

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For a chronological list of updated reports and activities that are in some way related to incremental settlement visit the updates page.

Introduction to wiki pages

Welcome to the incremental settlement wiki.

This incremental settlement wiki is an initiative of and is maintained by Afesis-corplan. See this short animation video on Afesis-corplan. If you have any information you would like to add to this wiki site contact or make use of our Comments page.

An incremental settlement process can be broken into five phases. Each of these phases is broken into a number of activities. Click on the links below to take you to a list of the activities per phase. The contents block to the right also has links to the same phases of the incremental settlement process.

You can also use the story links in the contents block to the right to follow the fictional story of Pamela and her family as they follow this incremental settlement process. For an overview of the story click here. Click here to see a comic strip of the story, and here for a longer detailed description of the story. To watch an animated film on Pam's Managed Land Settlement story click here.

Three other useful websites where you can find relevant information relating to land access and incremental settlement are:

Also have a look at Thandi's IDP story found here, where you can see an animation DVD that shows how Thandi used the Municipal Integrated Development Planning (IDP)process to arrange for her informal settlement to be upgraded in a an incremental manner.

Phase 1: Bulk Preparation

Bulk Preparation

Where government and communities identify, obtain and get land ready on which incremental settlement can occur.


Developers have approval to undertake an incremental settlement project on an agreed piece of land.

Phase 2: Basic Product

Basic Product

Where government, and/ or communities provide a basic level of service and tenure security so households can start to build houses for themselves.


Households have moved onto an agreed plot within the broader piece of land and have access to basic services and basic tenure.

Phase 3: Aided Self Development

Aided Self Development

Where households start to build their own houses using their own resources


Households are living in houses they are continually improving using their own resources and, where possible, are using their land for other economic activities (e.g. gardening and small business.

Phase 4: Upgrading


Where government and others help households to upgrade their tenure security, level of services and house.


Households have individual title (or tenure of their choice) and are living in houses and an environment that has been upgraded to a higher level of service and quality using government subsidies.

Phase 5: Maintenance and Improvement

Maintenance and Improvement

Where households, communities and government continues to maintain and improve their houses and neighbourhoods.


Households and government are continually improving the public and private spaces within the neighbourhood.

Using and contributing to the wiki

If you would like to assist in contributing to the content of these pages see the section on contribution to content of wiki pages.

Take a look at what you can do on this site to see what other things you can do on this wiki.

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