Organisation of Civic Rights (OCR) of South Africa
Suite 304 Third Floor, Salisbury House,
332 Smith Street
The OCR is a community organisation formed in 1984 and is involved in: Tenants rights,Homeless, Inner city redevelopment,Social facilitation, anti-crime & other community issues.
OCR works with the disadvantaged, the elderly, the poor and those suffering as a result of unjust socio-economic conditions and laws. The OCR provides a nation-wide service to tenants to empower and educate tenants and communities. The OCR as a community based NGO is committed to developing a better and just society by making a significant and distinctive contribution at regional, provincial and national levels through active grassroots involvement in improving the condition of tenants and the homeless community,the safety, security and health of residents.
These commitments are expressed through various programme interventions, advice, research, legal and paralegal intervention and representation, lobbying for positive changes, capacity building, education and empowerment.
At National Government Level
1984–1989: OCR was in the forefront for the abolition of the Group Areas Act and stopped the harassment of “mixed” couples & forced evictions. 1995–1999: Brought about changes in the composition of rent boards: gender & ethnicity 1995–1999: Substantial contribution to landlord-tenant law (the Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999) and the provincial Rental Housing tribunals; served on the national task team to advise the Minister of Housing. 1998-1999: had the apartheid surcharge or levy imposed on Durban market traders abolished. 2000–2006: Contributed to protecting the rights of sectional title owners (Local Government Property Rates Bill) 2003–2006: Social facilitation – multi-million rand upgrade of municipal housing; community sales facilitation.