Township Development Strategy for Uitenhage / Kariega

SLF was commissioned by the Volkswagen Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Trust to advise the Trust on an economic development strategy for the townships surrounding Uitenhage (Kariega). The project goal was to enhance opportunities for township micro-enterprises. The project took place over two phases, with phase one being carried out in 2018 – 2019 and phase two being implemented in 2021 – 2022.

During the first phase (2018-2019) a detailed census and survey of micro-enterprises in KwaNobuhle and Rosedale / KwaLanga settlements was conducted. The project team examined spatial development opportunities in strategic nodes and high streets. Through a series of participatory workshop with township residents and micro-entrepreneurs, SLF explored development opportunities in sectors with high potential for development, including the automotive sector, hairdressing and personal services, the circular economy, and creative industries. Based on these participatory processes, SLF then formulated a detailed development strategy, which included 12 projects proposals. The strategy was unveiled at a public engagement event at the People’s Pavilion.

SLF implemented the second phase (2021-2022), advancing the development strategy by facilitating entrepreneurial training for 45 entrepreneurs running small businesses. The programme participants were running businesses in the automotive, hair care, and waste recycling sectors.  The training programme ran over 9 months and training focused on a range of practices, including financial management, business organisation and systems, marketing and branding, and use of digital technologies.

At the conclusion of the training process, an independent evaluation of the pilot was undertaken. The evaluation documented the positive impact that the project had on individual businesses, namely improvement in turnover, business systems, marketing and networking. The evaluation also highlighted the need for a greater focus on socio-psychological support to the beneficiaries whose businesses operate in challenging environments where crime, violence, jealously and household traumas can undermine individual efforts. Sustained support for projects of this nature is also needed to enhance training and capacity development.

Location:Uitenhage / KariegaDuration:2018-2022Partners:Volkswagen Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Trust

Project outputs and resources

Uitengage Township Development Strategy. Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation and UrbanWorks Architecture & Urbanism | March 2019

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