Nelson Mandela Foundation

Invitation to cover: Working towards a Just City – unpacking the vision for inclusive housing in Johannesburg

Date: 8 November 2018

From: Nelson Mandela Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting a dialogue to unpack policies and broaden the discussion around proposed inclusive housing solutions for the City of Johannesburg.

The issue of inclusive housing is one the falls within the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s (the Foundation) land focus area. It is to this end that the Foundation, with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, invites you to a dialogue to unpack the proposed housing policy published by the City of Johannesburg earlier this year.

The Foundation has called on the public to not only attend the dialogue, but to also form part of the discussion, along the following lines:

  • What is the City of Johannesburg’s inclusive housing proposal and who should “inclusive housing” target?
  • What kind of housing is provided in a “Just City”?
  • How is inclusive housing a tool to combat poverty and inequality?
  • What are some of the potential pitfalls or criticisms of the City of Johannesburg’s inclusive housing proposal?

The dialogue will also be a platform to release the Mandela Initiative report ( The Mandela Initiative was a multi-year think-tank initiative aimed at finding possible solutions to eliminate poverty and inequality in South Africa. The Foundation’s involvement in the project dates back to 2015 with the hosting of Thomas Piketty as the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture speaker. The Foundation was a part of this initiative and has used the report as the basis for the work it has embarked on in relation to poverty and inequality.


  • Prof. Crain Soudien: Chair of the Mandela Initiative and Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council
  • Prof. Philip Harrison: South African Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling at the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Meshack van Wyk: MMC for Housing in the City of Johannesburg
  • Nomzamo Zondo: Director of Litigation at SERI (Socio-Economic Rights Institute)
  • Dr Margot Rubin: South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning

Venue: Nelson Mandela Foundation, 107 Central Street, Houghton (secure parking available along Central Street)
Date:Thursday 8 November 2018
Time: 18h00 to 20h00

Please confirm your attendance with Lee Davies.