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In an inspiring and groundbreaking partnership, urban planning non-profit organisations Ranyaka Community Transformation and Darling Green Country Estate have joined forces to empower and uplift the community of Darling. Through a series of innovative initiatives, this collaboration aims to promote community well-being, sustainable development, and a brighter future for all. This article delves into the transformative journey of Darling and highlights how Darling Green Country Estate is playing a pivotal role in empowering the community.

Unveiling the Community’s DNA

In 2022, Ranyaka Community Transformation and Darling Green Country Estate organised a remarkable DNA mapping session, bringing together community members and stakeholders. This event proved instrumental in capturing valuable insights into the well-being of the area. Through this mapping exercise, key issues were identified, and a treasure trove of resources was unearthed, providing a solid foundation for informed decision-making and future interventions.

Designing a Path for Transformation

Following the DNA mapping session, Ranyaka facilitated a project design exercise, focusing on planning the implementation of various programs. To generate interest and engagement for the next phase, an Investment Circle event was held at the Darling Sports Club on April 21, 2023. The event brought together stakeholders, including future residents of Darling Green Country Estate, local organisations such as the Darling Watch and Darling Black Business Forum, and church representatives. It served as a platform to showcase an inspiring vision for Darling, transcending its reputation as a tourism town.

Collaboration & Engagement

During the event, attendees were invited to share their ongoing initiatives and sign up for one of the ten programs offered by Ranyaka. To foster collaboration and coordination, Ranyaka established a local coordination office led by dedicated residents, John Goliath and Rozelda Humphreys. This community-driven initiative, spearheaded by Ranyaka and Darling Green Country Estate, seeks to transform Darling into an exceptional destination characterised by vibrant local engagement and meaningful development opportunities for all.

Empowering the Darling Community

The collaboration between Ranyaka Community Transformation and Darling Green Estate holds significant benefits for the Darling community. By working hand-in-hand with local stakeholders, the partnership ensures that community voices are heard, and their needs are addressed in the decision-making processes. This inclusive approach fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment among the community members, as they actively participate in shaping the future of Darling.

Through the implementation of various programs, Ranyaka and Darling Green Estate aim to enhance the well-being of the community. These programs may include skills development initiatives, job creation projects, educational programs, and infrastructure improvements. By focusing on sustainable development, the collaboration strives to create long-term opportunities for economic growth, social cohesion, and improved quality of life for the people of Darling.

Furthermore, the collaboration’s efforts extend beyond the physical aspects of community development. By promoting vibrant local engagement, the partnership encourages community members to take pride in their town and actively contribute to its growth. Through events, workshops, and community gatherings, Darling becomes a hub of shared experiences, fostering a strong sense of belonging and unity among its residents.

About Ranyaka Community Transformation

Ranyaka Community Transformation is a national non-profit urban planning consultancy that collaborates closely with local communities and stakeholders to develop and implement transformative strategies for towns and neighbourhoods across South Africa. As the national implementation agent for the Nedbank Proud of My Town program, Ranyaka is committed to the well-being and positive socio-economic development of all South Africans.

About Darling Green Estate

Darling Green Estate is a cherished destination nestled in the picturesque town of Darling. With a strong focus on sustainability and community, the estate offers an idyllic lifestyle, seamlessly blending with its natural surroundings. Through its partnership with Ranyaka Community Transformation, Darling Green Estate is leveraging its resources and influence to empower the community and contribute to the town’s overall development.


The collaboration between Ranyaka Community Transformation and Darling Green Estate marks an exciting chapter in Darling’s journey towards transformation and sustainable development. By harnessing the power of community engagement, strategic planning, and resource optimisation, this partnership is poised to create lasting positive change in Darling. As the community embarks on this collective endeavour, the vision of an empowered Darling, rich in opportunities and vibrant in engagement, becomes an inspiring reality.