Staff Directory

Dr Anita Venter
Position
Lecturer
Department
Centre for Development Support
Address
JBG 11
Centre for Development Support
IB 100
Telephone
051 4013731
Office
Flippie Groenewoud Building: Block D 373
Information

Short CV

I have been a researcher at the Centre for Development Support at the University of the Free State since January 2003 and have been involved in numerous research projects that include themes on low-income housing, local economic development and social development. My responsibilities in the research projects vary according to demand and include aspects of fieldwork management, data management and analysis, report writing and project management. My academic qualifications up to date are a M.A degree in Gender studies, a B.A degree majoring in Philosophy and Sociology and a National Diploma in Fine Arts. I am currently in the process of completing my PhD in Development Studies at the University of the Free State. I have extensive research experience, and my teaching activities are focused on giving lectures on housing policy in the Town and Regional Planning Department (University of the Free State) and the supervision of Master`s students in fields related to community development and housing. I furthermore have been serving as a non-executive director on the board of the Free State Social Housing Company since 2009 and represent the UFS on the Climate Solver Platform of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). I am a committee member of the Clean and Green Free State Campaign and am volunteering my services to the International Labour Organisation’s Start an Improve Your Green Construction Business pilot project in the Free State. Community activism is a key priority related to my research activities and I am the co-founder of the Qala Phelang Tala (Start Living Green) initiative. Qala Phelang Tala focuses on bridging the gap between housing, research and practice through various flagship projects related to radical regenerative and community development in the built environment.

Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Ntema, J., and Venter, A. 2016. Polokwane. In Marais, L, Nel, E., and Donaldson, R (eds.). Secondary Cities and Development.  Routledge: New York.

 Venter, A., Marais, L., Hoekstra, J. and Cloete, J. 2015. Reinterpreting South African Housing Policy through State Welfare Theory. Housing, Theory and Society, 32(3):346-366.

 Marais, L., Ntema, J., Cloete, J. and Venter, A. 2014. From informality to formality to informality: Extra-legal land transfers in an upgraded informal settlement of South Africa. Urbani Izziv; Supplementum:148-161.

Marais, L., Sefika, S., Cloete, J., Ntema, J. and Venter, A., 2013. Towards an understanding of the outcomes of housing privatisation in South Africa. Urban Forum, (paper accepted for publication but no details yet). IBSS.

Marais, L., Venter, A., De Gouveia, A., Campbell, M and Myburgh, W. 2011. Tourism risks associated with small town development: The case of Clarens. In  Marais, L., and Donaldson, R (eds.). Small Town Geographies in Africa: Experiences from South Africa and Elsewhere. Nova Science Publishers, Inc: New York.

Venter, A. 2010. Housing policy discourse in South Africa: Theoretical and methodological considerations for future analysis. In Heinecken, L and  Prozesky, H (ed) Society in focus: Change, Challenges and Resistance. Reflections from South Africa and beyond. pp. 120-135. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: United Kingdom.

Cloete, J., Venter, A., and Marais, L. 2009. ‘Breaking New Ground’, social housing and mineworker housing: the missing link. Special Edition: Reflections on the unfolding of South Africa’s 2004 Housing Programme “Breaking New Ground”. Town and Regional Planning, 54:27-37.

Hoogendoorn, G., Visser, G., Lenka, M., Marais, L., Van Rooyen, D., and Venter, A. 2008. Revitalising the Bloemfontein Central Business District (CBD): prospects, obstacles and lost opportunities. In  Marais, L., and Visser, G (eds.). Spatialities of urban change. Selected themes from Bloemfontein at the beginning of the 21st century. Sun Press: Stellenbosch.

Venter, A., and Marais, L. 2006. Gender and housing policy in South Africa: Policy and practice in Bloemfontein. Journal of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences, 34: 69-79.

Marais, L., and Venter A. 2006. Hating the compound, but … Mineworker housing needs in post-apartheid South Africa. Africa Insight, 36(1): 53-62.

Marais, L., Botes, L., Pelser, A., and Venter, A.. 2005. Reasons for non-payment of mortgage bonds in South Africa: The voice of defaulters. Acta Structilia, 12(2): 1-24.

 

CONFERENCES PAPERS PRESENTED

 Presented Nationally:

Venter, A. 2016. Appropriate green building technologies catalyst for social change in creating climate change resilient communities through regenerative design. Lessons learned and way forward. Technical and Management Support– Knowledge Sharing Colloquium. Laying the Groundwork for Future Project Design and Implementation. 8 November. Government of Flanders: Johannesburg.

Venter, A. 2016. The green CIRCULAR economy, re-GENErative development and voices from the grassroots. Free State Global Investors Trade Bridge. 3-5 October. Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs: Bloemfontein.

Venter, A. 2015. Food and water security from domestic rainwater harvesting. Iphakade Conference. Institute for Groundwater Studies. 2-6 November. University of the Free State: Bloemfontein.

Venter, A. 2015. Start Living Green- design and implementation. Creating new heritages and communities, one tyre, one bottle and eco brick at a time. Making Mangaung the green capital of South Africa. Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI). 20-22 October, MCCI: Bloemfontein

Venter, A. 2015. Free State ‘change agents’ on the move! creating   living heritages  one  community at a time. Social Entrepreneurial Indaba- Uplifting our future together. 31 August – 2 September. Bloem Shelter: Bloemfontein.

Venter, A., and van der Walt, T. 2013. Appropriate building technologies applied in the upgrading of informal settlements: a catalyst for social change. Towards dynamic small towns: a research symposium. Reseach Cluster on Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation. University of the Free State In partnership with the Central University of Technology (CUT). 31 October. University of the Free State: Bloemfontein.

Fourie, F.D., and Venter, A. 2013. Water use strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change on small towns in South Africa. Towards dynamic small towns: a research symposium. Reseach Cluster on Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation. University of the Free State In partnership with the Central University of Technology (CUT). 31 October. University of the Free State: Bloemfontein.

Venter, A., and van der Walt, T. 2013. Theory versus practice. Creating sustainable communities through informal settlement upgrading. Workshop on new communities in the Free State and Gauteng.  Public Affairs Research Institute  (PARI) and  Department of Political Studies and Governance, University of the Free State (UFS). 30 October . University of the Free State: Bloemfontein.

Fourie, F.D., and Venter, A. 2013. Domestic rainwater harvesting, use and re-use: Examples from South Africa and Guatemala. 1st African Water Symposium on Water Conflict. Strategic Academic Cluster: Water Management in Water-Scarce Areas.  19-21 June. University of the Free State: Bloemfontein.

Venter, A. 2012. Small, Medium, Micro Enterprises, the Business Development Support environment and sustainability considerations for the future Free State.  Goldfields Chamber of Business SMME seminar. 17 September. Goldfields Chamber of Business: Welkom

Venter, A. 2012. Envisioning: REAL sustainable human settlements. SMME Development in Action.  Eskom & Mangaung Chamber of Commerce and Industry conference. 26 & 27 July. Pacofs / Sand du Plessis Theatre: Bloemfontein.

Venter, A. 2009. Breaking New Ground – a comprehensive plan for the
development of sustainable human settlement
. Building so houses can build bridges -Inclusionary Housing Conference. 13 & 14 February. Lejweng Communications: Johannesburg.

Venter, A. 2008. Housing policy discourse in South Africa: Theoretical and methodological considerations for future analysis. South African Sociological Association (SASA) Conference. Conference working group: Urban Sociology. 7-10 July. University of Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch.

Venter, A. 2007. Inclusionary research? Housing research and policy processes: Perceptions of researchers and housing professionals. Inclusionary Housing Dialogue. 26 & 27 September. Trade Conferences International: Johannesburg.

Venter, A. 2005. Gender and low-income housing. Case study- Turflaagte, Mangaung Local Municipality. Housing Research Dissemination Day, Centre for Development Support. 13 October. University of the Free State. Bloemfontein.

Marais, L., and Venter, A. 2004. Hating the compound but … Mineworker housing needs in a post-apartheid South Africa. National Housing Research Seminar. 23 & 24 March. Pretoria.


 Presented Internationally:

Venter, A., and Marais, L. 2010. The neo-liberal facade: Re-interpreting the South African housing policy from a welfare state perspective. Housing and Urban Issues in Developing Countries. European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), 22nd International Housing Research Conference. Istanbul, 4-7 July.                  

Venter, A. 2010. Exporting Western housing theories and its relevance in the context of a developing country: the case study of South Africa.  New Housing Researchers’ (NHR) Colloquium. Istanbul, July 2-3.

Venter, A. 2008. “Breaking New Ground” Housing Plan: platform for critical discourse in SouthAfrica. Developing Communities, the Southern African Housing Foundation, International Conference. Cape Town, 12-15 October.

Marais, L., Ntema, J., and Venter, A. 2008. State control in self-help housing: evidence from South Africa. European Housing Network Research Conference (ENHR), 20th International Housing Research Conference. Dublin, 6-9 July.

Venter, A., and Marais, L . 2007. Housing policy and housing-policy research: “Breaking New Ground” and discourse in contemporary South Africa. XXXVIAHS. World Congress on Housing Science. Planning Design, Construction, Performance. Melbourne, 4-7 September.

Venter, A., and Marais, L. 2005. Gender and gender sensitivity in the South African Housing policy: Preliminary evidence from Mangaung (Bloemfontein). XXXIII IAHS. World Congress on Housing Science. Transforming Housing Environments through Design. Pretoria, 27-30 September.


 


Publications (Short List)


Research


Area(s) of Interest

  • low-income housing;
  • informal settlement upgrading;
  • social housing;
  • regenerative human settlements;
  • innovative climate change resilient construction;
  • social and community development;
  • circular economic development;

Courses Presented


Community Service

  • 2013– current: Representing the UFS on the Climate Solver Platform of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
  • 2012– current:  Co-founder of the Qala Phelang Tala (Start Living Green) initiative focusing on projects related to implementation of radical sustainability in the low-cost built environment.
  • 2012– 2015:  Committee member of the Clean and Green Free State Campaign and convener of the ‘Green Social Housing’ working group.
  • 2009– 2016:  Non-executive director on the board of the Free State Social Housing Company  (FSHC).

Service Learning




FACULTY CONTACT

Elfrieda Lötter: Marketing Manager
T: +27 51 401 2531
E:lottere@ufs.ac.za


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