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About Us

BESG was established in 1983 by senior staff of the then University of Natal Department of Architecture and Allied Disciplines, as a support group that defended communities against eviction from informal settlements in urban areas, largely as a result of inter-political party violence. In the early 1990’s, BESG became a key player in shaping planning and housing policies from local to national level. Since 1995, BESG has been a leader in enabling poor communities to access land, basic services, housing and administrative justice.  

BESG was registered as a Not-for-Profit Section 21 company in 1999. It is a registered Non-Profit and Public benefit Organisation. In 2009, it established a separate Section 21 company, BESG Development Services, to manage its trading (non-donor funded) activities.

BESG is managed by a Board of 8 members who volunteer their skills in development, human resources, adult education, and community development to provide strategic guidance and administrative and financial oversight to the staff. BESG currently has 7 staff, with a similar range of skills.

BESG is based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal. This makes it well positioned to serve the two main centres of Msunduzi and eThekwini, and the various smaller towns and rural areas in the KZN Midlands

Our Vision


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A future in which all people in South Africa live in a participatory democracy with sustainable living environments and livelihood security.


Our Mission


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BESG supports vulnerable sectors of our society in accessing and developing land, basic services, shelter, and livelihood security through the provision of capacity building, social and technical support, and promoting citizen engagement with government.

Board Members

Sihle Ndlovu Cameron Brisbane Vincent Myeni  Sthandiwe Mthuli Thabani Mkhize  Ndabuko Majola Matthew Black Mtozami Dwenga
Chairman Executive Director Board Member  Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member Board Member

Team Members

Cameron Brisbane Willem Steenkamp Khulekani Mfeka Devika Ramdhany Nomtha Sikhosana Brian Dlamini Sthembile Dladla
Executive Director Accountant (Consultant) Senior Facilitator Office Administrator Micro-Projects Coordinator Project Assistant Facilitator


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Distress Fund

BESG often receives urgent calls from citizens whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. We will soon be setting up a Distress Fund facility in order to finance the repair or replacement of these homes.

Should you wish to contribute to this fund please contact us and the relevant information will be sent to you.

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Do you have a car?

Get a filling station to donate 10c to BESG for every litre you fill - It costs you nothing to participate !

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