Andy Bolnick



Andy comes from a family that has always been immersed in the fight for social justice. A King David Linksfield matriculant and Habonim member, Andy then completed a degree in Political Science and Sociology at Wits University. She is an innovator, lateral thinker, a designer of systems and is passionate about social justice and working together with the urban poor.

In 2011, she was awarded a Global Ashoka Fellowship; in 2012 she was a finalist in the Financial Times/Citi Bank Ingenuity Awards; and in 2013 her and Ikhayalami's concept of ''re-blocking'' was incorporated into the City of Cape Town's policy framework. Since 2014 has been working in partnership with acclaimed architects from the Urban Think Tank.


  • Community Development

  • Disaster Management

  • Energy

  • Housing

A Non-Profit Company (NPC) established in 2006, Ikhayalami focuses on the development and implementation of affordable technical solutions for informal settlement upgrading with the support of SA Government funding. It was created as a response to the conventional unsustainable and painstakingly slow approaches in place to deal with informality.

Projects include the creation of simple, fire and flood resistant informal dwellings; as well as the ''re-blocking'' or efficient spatial reconfiguration of settlements through community driven processes. Ikhayalami also provides research and development; the upgrade of shacks and community facilities; implementation of alternative sanitation and energy projects; blocking-out; and disaster response. Their expertise is offered as a service to other NGOs and CBOs. Ikhayalami has successfully influenced the agenda of social movements, other NGOs, and government departments.

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