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Measuring and Monitoring Change in Cape Towns’ Informal Economy: A resurvey of Delft South

SLF is back in Delft conducting a micro-enterprise and housing study. The project purpose is to undertake a 3rd wave of the small-area census in Delft South to develop robust and comparable data on trends in business investment and informal micro-entrepreneurship.

Township Economy in 2020 Series #3

The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation aims to strengthen marginalized communities for development impact

Township in Lockdown - A Podcast by Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

South Africa is in 21 days enforced social isolation as a consequence of the government’s attempt to contain the pandemic that is COVID-19. Here, our researcher, Phumzile Ntozini, a resident of the township of Phillippi in Cape Town shares his daily experience of the lock down in his community.

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What people say

I think it [knowledge exchange workshop] was an awesome example coz for a change from my past experiences, it got to the meaning of engagement. It was an engagement. It wasn't one sided we educate you type of thing. As much as they brought knowledge that we didn't know, there was room for us to actually tell them what we know.

Bucket Loads of Health project participant

Freedom of expression is often misunderstood in everyday way of life and in our society, and therefore we (humans) live according to societal expectations and standards. While working SLF on the Lively Hoods to Livelihoods project and performing at AfrikaBurn, I was able to forget about what our exclusive society expects of me as a black male from a township. I was able to live the life I so dream of living every day. I was free. I was happy. I was peaceful.

Simmah Mahlanyana – singer and performer, Lively Hoods project participant

I became aware of how valuable the tools are that you employ. The SLF Bucket Loads of Health team also dealt with both groups in a very respectful and nurturing manner. You listened to and valued all the opinions presented. I also finally understood that the presentation of our hand maps 'humanised' us in a sense - we could reveal a bit of personal information and we were not just the scientific team!

Team Member – Water Resource Lab, Microbiology Dept, Stellenbosch University

I think it [knowledge exchange workshop] was an awesome example coz for a change from my past experiences, it got to the meaning of engagement. It was an engagement. It wasn't one sided we educate you type of thing. As much as they brought knowledge that we didn't know, there was room for us to actually tell them what we know.

Bucket Loads of Health project participant

The AfOx travel scheme is such a valuable way of bringing together African researchers to explore cross-disciplinary work together. We were delighted to host Dr Gill Black from SLF in Cape Town, South Africa.  Her organisation's creative, community based participatory work on public health was an inspiration to us and our students. Having her with us for an extended visit allowed for numerous conversations and sparked new ideas for collaborative work across our institutions.

Professor Maureen Kelley – Ethox Centre, Oxford University

Freedom of expression is often misunderstood in everyday way of life and in our society, and therefore we (humans) live according to societal expectations and standards. While working SLF on the Lively Hoods to Livelihoods project and performing at AfrikaBurn, I was able to forget about what our exclusive society expects of me as a black male from a township. I was able to live the life I so dream of living every day. I was free. I was happy. I was peaceful.

Simmah Mahlanyana – singer and performer, Lively Hoods project participant