Township Economy in 2020 Series #5: Informal Food Service in South Africa’s Townships
Informal foodservice is a critical sector of the township economy, and
comprises the preparation of sit-down and take-away food in the township and street trade economy. Post COVID-19’s economic effects mean that this
important but largely underestimated South African business will take on an increasingly important aspect for food security for millions of our poorest residents. Here, we discuss the findings of our research based on over 610 informal foodservice outlets, and a further 50 qualitative interviews of microenterprises in Cape Town townships of Phillippi, Sweet Home Farm, Nyanga and Masiphumelele.