39 years of pro-poor development

Built Environment Support Group

BESG is in solidarity with communities to navigate a complex context, by supporting 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 private and public sectors, in meeting their needs.

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INTRODUCTION TO BESG

Activists for the community.

BESG is a Non-Profit and Public Benefit Organisation based in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa.

The organisation 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.

In the early 1990’s, BESG became a key player in shaping planning and housing policies from local to national level. Since 1995, it has been a leader in enabling poor communities to access development and advocating pro-poor developmental policy.

BESG has developed substantial knowledge, including policy and technical knowledge on housing, livelihoods and tenure security.

Over the last six years BESG’s has had interlocking programmes of Building Sustainable Human Settlements and Promoting Good Governance and Deepening Democracy. A  large range of activities  to achieve the project, broadly fell into the categories of:

FEATURED PROJECTS

Where we put our hearts and souls.

Project Status 70%
THE KZN FLOODS: Meeting the key challenges of rapid urbanisation and climate change - April 2022.

Within 3 days, the floods that devastated the coastal region of KwaZulu-Natal over 11th and 12th April had caused, at an official count, nearly 12,000 houses to be partially or totally destroyed. The people most severely affected by such severe weather events live in informal settlements and rural areas, with little or no infrastructure and protection from the elements.

RAISED FUNDS

R75,000

NEEDED

R10,000

DEADLINE

27.07.2022
Project Status 100%
COVID-19 Action on water and sanitation. Community service delivery monitoring on 6 informal settlements.

On 1 April 2020, just days after the imposition of the hard lockdown, BESG was one of 12 NGOs and social movements that were invited to engage with the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, on strategies to mitigate
the impact of the Covid-19 virus in informal settlements where we work.

RAISED FUNDS

$48,500

NEEDED

$0,000

PROJECT DATE

01.04.2020
OUR DEDICATED BESG TEAM

The heart of our communities.

Feroza Suleman
General Manager

Feroza is passionate about social & community development work and has an MBA from Henley Business School.

Duduzile Radebe
Programs Manager

Dudu is passionate about gender justice & initiatives that provide agency and transform woman’s lives.

Khulekani Mfeka
Senior Facilitator

Khulekani is passionate about human dignity and the right to the city for all people and certified in Housing Policy and Development Management.

Peace Ndlovu
Technical Advisor

A powerful project assistant and our ‘go to guy’ for any technical advice and needs.

Nomtha Sikhosana
Facilitator

Certified in Community Development, has passion for Social change and improving quality of life.

Sthembile Dladla
Facilitator

Sthe is an environmental specialist who is passionate about helping communities adapt to climate change.

Devika Ramdhany
Office Manager

Devika is the glue that binds our team together. An office manager and powerhouse.

Willem Steenkamp
Accountant

Willem ensures that your money is managed and invested professionally.

Snapshots of our projects

Community Work

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Have a valuable skill you’d like to contribute to our community? Awesome, we would love to hear from you. Touch base with us.

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From helping families rebuild their homes to funding community projects that matter, your contribution goes a long way.

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CONTRIBUTE

Contribute to people and causes you care about.

We are blessed to have secured funding and sponsorship from some of the most progressive and respected brands in Europe and South Africa. Companies and individuals who are deeply invested in helping others in need. If you would like to contribute to the great work our team are doing, we would love to have you aboard as a sponsor.

A short message from our GM - Feroza Suleman
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Duduzile Radebe

BESG is one of the oldest existing NPOs in Pietermaritzburg, and has a rich history of working to advance the rights of impoverished and marginalised people.

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Khulekani Mfeka

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Nomtha Sikhosana

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