30 Apr
  • By Jess Drewett
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An age of informality: the regulatory crisis in the township economy

Andrew Charman The upcoming national general elections provides an important opportunity to reflect on the current direction of economic policy. The policy arena on which our work focuses is the under-performing and lacklustre township economy. Instead of debating policies which could impact on this component of the national economy, the political discourse has understandably gravitated […]

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17 Apr
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SLF’s Lively Hoods to Livelihoods project is going live!

After many months of providing training, writing and recording songs and filming music videos, a select few of the talented artists of the Lively Hoods project will be performing their songs at AfrikaBurn in May 2019, to thousands of people. This event is over 300km from Cape Town and all the artists are being flown […]

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01 Apr
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A Township Economy Development Strategy for Uitenhage

The VW B-BBEE Initiatives Trust commissioned SLF to develop a suitable strategy for township economy development in Uitenhage. The project was undertaken in two phases. In phase 1, SLF undertook extensive field research and micro-enterprise survey in the settlements of KwaNobuhle, Rosedale and Langa. In phase 2, SLF collaborated with UrbanWorks Architecture and Urbanism to […]

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20 Dec
  • By Camilla Thorogood
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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Personal Reflections on the Fieldwork Process

Between October and November 2018 a few members of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF) team spent about three and a half weeks in two township areas near Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, conducting research on small businesses. The intention of the surveys was to gain an understanding of the range of small businesses in the […]

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The Street
11 Dec
  • By Jess Drewett
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Certainly Uncertain

It is undeniable that we occupy tumultuous and uncertain times in South Africa. A brief glance at our morning headlines is sharp reassurance of this reality. So much so, that uncertainty has become a certainty. We are left with two choices, embrace or challenge it. I’m in favour of the ‘embrace’. The embrace allows us […]

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03 Dec
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A Township Development strategy for Uitenhage: project update

The first phase of the township development strategy for Uitenhage, in partnership with the Volkswagen BBBEE Trust, kicked off in the last quarter of 2018. Between October and November, the SLF team spent four weeks conducting field research in a number of residential areas surrounding Uitenhage, approximately 35 kilometres from Port Elizabeth. The areas that […]

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30 Nov
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Lively Hoods To Livelihoods project update

This year SLF won funding from the National Lotteries Commission of South Africa to fund a ground-breaking and ambitious project which aims to collaborate, record and perform with Township musicians and other creative artists. The Artists so far nominated for this project are: DJ Sweetest- A reggae Artist from Ivory Park, Gauteng Bongz – A […]

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29 Nov
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Collaboration between SLF and Human Sciences Research Council (SA)

In 2017, the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) introduced a new research theme to complement its core work: new indicator development for measuring innovation. This new research theme required experimentation with and participation in, less traditional, often more inclusive, research methodologies, as well as the forging of a new network of researchers […]

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