About Us

Gauteng Together is an initiative that calls for the establishment of Community Action Networks (CANs) across Gauteng to address the social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The concept, which was pioneered by Cape Town Together, is being adopted in Gauteng in response to growing concerns over food insecurity, hunger and other social challenges impacting negatively on the lives of people due to the lock down. Gauteng Together mobilises ordinary people to initiate CANs in their neighbourhoods; to identify community needs; and, to work towards addressing them through coordinated, sustained localised action. The initiative maps out what aid and humanitarian work is happening in the province, both through CANs and existing NGOs, and points out where there are gaps. CANs are not funded by Gauteng Together. CANs are encouraged to partner with local businesses or pair up with better resourced CANs, philanthropists, existing NGOs and residents in neighbourhoods. What CANs do will differ from community to community depending on the needs. For many, food security may be the primary issue. However, individual CANs should look beyond this, and ensure that rights based issues are monitored and addressed. The Gauteng Together initiative is creating a province-wide network of CANs able to work together and share learning experiences, resources and best practice methodologies to address social and economic needs in communities.
Community Action Networks

What is a CAN?

CAN stands for Community Action Network
A CAN is a community-based network which brings together individuals from that community who identify its needs and initiate actions to address these needs. The network can also serve inter-community interests by pairing with other CANs. A CAN may be as small as a neighbourhood group, or an area-wide committee. Street committees can be set up to work in coordination to form broader neighbourhood committees. These committees are localised so that they can be operational during the lock down, without the risk of travelling out of the region. Community responses will be different in each neighbourhood depending on the needs of the area. A CAN may be formed from scratch. But all are encouraged to become part of, or collaborate with, already established local groups. They are also encouraged to try to connect with committees in other communities. This means that while we act locally, we also draw on our collective experience and energy to share lessons, resources and capacity across the region.


Volunteer Training

Attend a CAN training session for Coordinators and Volunteers:

– Introduction to how CANs work

– Overview of training materials available

– First steps to leading a CAN

– Examples of best practice

– Q&A session


Tuesdays – 12:00pm to 13:30pm

Fridays – 12:00pm to 13:30pm


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