Toolkit – Logistics


  1. Take initiative
  2. “Neutral” platform
  3. “Jockey” to provide logistic support and resource needs
  4. Strategic activities

Take initiative

Can be one of following options:

  • Start internally or facilitated from outside: form of intentionality needed to activate process
  • Spiritual process e.g. years of prayer and intercession, building trusted relationships which have developed into a city/town process: Piet Retief and Nelson Mandela Bay are examples
  • Response to a crisis e.g. Covid-19, hunger, drought, poverty, fire, floods, racial conflict etc
  • Response to economic perception: City Story in Durban came into being where a group of business and church leaders, and government people responded to the bad publicity Durban was receiving
  • Private funding towards community transformation: Ranyaka has been requested to assist with community processes in a number of towns, communities, townships, and neighbourhoods which has started a process of collaboration:
  • The Centre of Public Witness in the Western Cape has a vision of establishing local dialogues in 100 cities/towns of which 40 community forums have materialised over the last three years. Valuable lessons have been learnt about complexities; church, racial and class divides; sustaining momentum; local challenges; white flight; etc. Braam Hanekom can be contacted at the Centre.;;
  • Ensure inclusivity from the start by including a wide range of stakeholders representing a variety of sectors in society. Importance of prayer, building relationships, listening to one another’s stories, creating safe spaces, developing a common purpose for our city/town, shared values, unity, etc.
  • An interim steering committee should take ownership of the process.

“Neutral” platform

  • Initially an informal platform which may develop into a formal constituted body with leadership, constitution, vision, values, strategies, bank account, registration number, etc
  • Need operating platform to design, plan, coordinate, strategise, facilitate Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and mobilise city/town process
  • The formation of a platform is normally an outcome of accumulated goodwill and understanding
  • In Metro’s or large cities, there can be more than one coordinating platform
  • These platforms might be housed in a back office, church, service centre or home from where logistic support is provided to the process
  • City Story in Durban (platform) housed in office space (back office)
  • Transformation Christian Network in Nelson Mandela Bay (platform) operating from a house (back office)
  • War against Poverty in Naledi, Soweto (platform) operating from the AFM Church (back office)
  • Tshwane Church Leadership Forum in Pretoria (platform) operating from Doxa Deo Church in Brooklyn (back office)
  • Asibambisane Impact Platform in Piet Retief (platform) operating from Wellspring Church (back office)

“Jockey” to provide logistic support and resource needs

  • Person to execute decisions of leadership team
  • May be a volunteer or paid person
  • May be fulltime or few hours per day/week
  • Durban has a fulltime paid person as General Manager and a Marketing and Communications Officer
  • NMB has a part time person
  • Piet Retief has two facilitators: one fulltime and one part time
  • Most places have a volunteer fulfilling this role
  • Resources are needed to sustain the process like leadership, relationships, commitment, experience, vision, prayer, time, finances, strategic planning, back office etc; these resources have to come from within the city/town

Strategic activities

  • Mapping: who is doing what where. See Research.
  • Strategic planning and SWOT analysis
  • What will a transformed city look like? See Vision and Research.
  • Practical ways of collaboration, sharing of resources and experiences, which could be one of the following. See Research.
  • Identification challenges. See Research.
  • Identify what is working and why. See Research.
  • Leverage of existing assets, resources, and efforts to generate momentum, and achieving goals and objectives: mobilise volunteers:
  • Organise efforts around common causes
  • Organise efforts around communities
  • Celebrate small victories:
  • Identify what is not working and why. See Research.
  • Understanding city planning and policy processes, IDPs, Ward Committees, etc.
  • Importance of privacy, data protection and security measures
  • Link with external processes and resources where applicable
  • Linking city wide events/rhythms to the city process/catalytic events
  • Acknowledge different focus areas, approaches, priorities, and scope of operations
  • Continuous measurements, research and consultations. See Research.