Good Hood Stories

Telling the GOOD and inspiring stories from across South Africa

In 2020 the South African Cities Network called for inspiring stories of good practice across communities and neighbourhoods in South Africa.

Over 30 stories of creativity, collaboration and innovation were received from diverse cities and towns. Four projects in Durban, Gqeberha, Cape Town and Johannesburg were selected to be featured as short films because of their innovative approach to partnering.

Hosted by urbanist Rashiq Fataar of Our Future Cities, the series reveals the tenacity and spirit of the people who are driving change and having an impact  on communities and lives.

Episode 1: Belhaven Harm Reduction Centre

Episode 2: Helenvale Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading (SPUU)

Episode 3: Langa Bicycle Hub

Episode 4: The Urban Agriculture Initiative (UAI)

About South African Cities Network

The host

The filmmaker


Episode 1: Belhaven Harm Reduction Centre

In this Good Hood Story we travel to Durban where a number of partners across sectors have come together to test an innovative and progressive solution to homelessness and substance abuse, called Harm Reduction. We talk to Prof Monique Marks, one of the champions behind the Bellhaven Harm Reduction Centre, to find out what it takes and how this approach could be replicated in other cities.


Episode 2: Helenvale Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading (SPUU)

In this Good Hood Story we travel to Helenvale, Gqeberha to meet the champions behind the Safety and Peace through Urban Upgrading project (SPUU) and find out more about their inclusive approach to community partnering. The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) has been working in Helenvale for almost a decade, focusing on the psycho-social aspects of development and finding ways to build trust with the community.


Episode 3: Langa Bicycle Hub

In this Good Hood Story we travel between Langa (in Cape Town), Johannesburg and Tshwane to chat to champions of non-motorised transport projects. We focus on the Langa Bicycle Hub, where Mzi, a young activist and entrepreneur, is using bicycles to create jobs, deliver essential items to residents and promote a safe and inclusive cycling culture.


Episode 4: The Urban Agriculture Initiative (UAI)

In this Good Hood Story we travel to Joburg to explore the innovative farming taking place on top of the inner-city’s rooftops. The Johannesburg Inner City Partnership (JICP) is bringing different stakeholders together such as property owners, young farmers, NGOs and the city, to make it all possible.


About the South African Cities Network

The South African Cities Network (SACN) is an established network of South African cities and partners that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and city governance.

The host

Read more about Rashiq Fataar here

The filmmaker

Read more about Matthew Griffiths here