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  October 2009
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  Land expropriation a key tool in urban transformation
  Training for Township Renewal Initiative: Sourcebook now available
  Cost benefit analysis of social rental housing
  Getting land for housing: what strategies work for low-income groups?
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Land expropriation a key tool in urban transformation
In an article published in the Mail and Guardian recently, Urban LandMark policy consultant Stephen Berrisford argues that South Africa needs more, not less, expropriation of land in both urban and rural areas under current legislation. This is one of the issues to be debated by a panel of experts at the Urban Landmark Conference on 28 and 29 October 2009.
 
Training for Township Renewal Initiative: Sourcebook now available
Initiated in 2007, the Training for Township Renewal Initiative (TTRI) aims to develop an understanding of the needs and dynamics of South Africa's townships, as well as the various ways of transforming them into functional and sustainable neighbourhoods.
 
Cost benefit analysis of social rental housing
A report by the Social Housing Foundation investigates the long-term fiscal, economic and social costs and benefits of social rental housing when contrasted with the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) ownership scheme. Read an extract from the executive summary of the report.
 
Getting land for housing: what strategies work for low-income groups?
An editorial by David Satterthwaite illustrates how the scale and scope of what low-income urban groups can do is much increased when they are organised through federations of savings groups and these federations are offering government partnerships in addressing their needs for housing and services.