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Solidarity with Marginalised People

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.


Solidarity with Marginalised People.

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:


Where we put our hearts and souls.

Project Status 97%
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.






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.







The heart of our communities.

Feroza Suleman
Executive Director

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.

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We’ve got great people working with us and we can’t wait to update you on our new team members.

Peace Ndlovu
Technical Advisor

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

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We’ve got great people working with us and we can’t wait to update you on our new team members.

New update
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We’ve got great people working with us and we can’t wait to update you on our new team members.

Devika Ramdhany
Office Manager

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

Willem Steenkamp

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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Looking for a Corporate Social Investment programme that will deliver significant returns on your investment? We’ve got heaps.


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.

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Project news & updates

BESG Community Projects
Celebrating Water Week:

In recognition of National Water Week, we turn the spotlight to Nonzila village, one of BESG’s partner communities with whom we have had long term partnership in the struggle for access to basic water provision