April 2018

A Development Vision for Informal Micro-Enterprises in Philippi East Industrial Area

SLF has collaborated with the Philippi Economic Development Initiative (PEDI) to produce a development vision for the Philippi East Industrial Area. The project rationale was to develop a strategy for accelerating economic inclusion in this area. The development vision was based on thorough research. This included a trader survey and census, geospatial analysis of formal businesses and street trade, a participatory engagement with traders, and several rounds of consultation with officials from the City of Cape Town.

The proposed development vision calls on the CoCT to formalise of street trade through the implementation of street trader plans upon the finalisation of the road infrastructure project associated with the MyCity bus rollout. SLF has recommended that the first such street trading plan be implemented in Protea Road, where implementation is technically and legally feasible. The development vision calls on the CoCT and its area partners (PEDI) to undertake investments in infrastructure to benefit street trade. Suggested infrastructural improvements include shelter for traders; storage facilities; access to water, electricity and sewerage; improvement in street lighting and surveillance; and access to public toilets.

The vision advocates for the development of a business hub which, if establish at a favourable locality within the precinct, could accommodate street traders as well as micro-enterprises and formal businesses. Such a development could be enhanced through the provision of community infrastructure. In this respect, the project identified the need to establish a formal taxi rank, a multi-car washing facility (drawing on renewable water sources), a test driving done and business units for vehicle services and repairs.  PEDI will now advance support for the development vision through engagement with the CoCT, private business and development entities. A summary version of the report will soon be published on the SLF web-site.

Action Research and Community Engagement Workshop held in Kerala, India.

Between 5 February and 12 February 2018, SLF staff members Rory Liedeman and Farida Ryklief attended a global gathering hosted in Kerala, India. The workshop event formed part of a five country collaboration with The Institute of Development Studies (UK) in connection with a project funded by The British Academy entitled “Building sustainable inclusion from intersecting inequalities to accountable relationships”. At this meeting, two important outputs were produced. The first, a collection of statements from all five country partners, including South Africa, where participants managing various action research and community engagement processes around the world, were provided with an opportunity to comment on their experience of building accountable relationships through their work. The statements have subsequently been developed into a visual product (film) synthesising some of the key pathways to accountability that the various groups navigated. The second output is the production of country policy briefs to be shared, together with the collective film, with high-level policymakers from various partner countries. The outputs will be shared at the next Sustainable Development Programme in April 2018. Research findings will be shared from projects around the globe and will include SLF’s work with the Delft Safety Group led by Rory Liedeman since 2015. Various thematic areas will be covered, such as sustainable governance, sustainable growth and sustainable human development. The aim is to provide important lessons to improve policy for sustainable development. An exciting announcement in relation to this is that SLF has extended an invite to Alderman Jean-Pierre Smith to participate at the high-level event. The Alderman has subsequently accepted and was recently approved by Executive Mayor Patricia De Lille to make the trip. The roundtable discussion will be held on Tuesday 17 April between 12.30 and 4.00 pm at the British Academy (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London). For more information please check our Facebook and Twitter posts.

Second Successful Solutions Lab: Unlocking Land for Micro-enterprise Growth (ULMEG)

As part of the completion of the SLF project ULMEG, SLF in collaboration with UrbanWorks held the second successful ‘solutions lab’ workshop in Cape Town on the 23rd of March 2018. The ULMEG projects main aim was to tackle land constraints on micro-enterprises in the informal economy. Micro-enterprises are often forced into informalisation due to the regulations around obtaining a title deed and complying with land system requirements, giving entrepreneurs no choice but to trade illegally. We have termed this reality: ‘Enforced Informalisation’. Land management systems and land rights are inappropriate for micro-enterprises. WHAT needs to be done?

The workshop aimed to generate practical answers to the following three questions:

How do we enhance the security of land tenure?

How do we simplify land use management systems for business formalisation?

How do we enable business growth and development on high streets?

The event brought together a group of specialists to discuss solutions for unlocking land. The participants were drawn from industry, provincial and local government, civil society organisations and academia. The event generated robust discussion on the topics of land use title and rights, the need for an appropriate land use management scheme, and the importance of micro-enterprise formalisation. SLF is in the process of documenting the outcome which will be published in early April.

Thireshen Govender showcasing the results of our research on land systems constraints in Ivory Park.

SLF conducted a participatory action learning process in September of 2017, to document the actual experiences of individual micro-entrepreneurs in their efforts to respond to the land use constraints which impact their businesses. See our latest report on the themes that emerged from 10 stories which document personal experiences of spatial injustice.


Bucket Loads of Health Enkanini Workshop

Our Wellcome funded Bucket Loads of Health public engagement project has got off to a flying start. Last month we spent a wonderfully creative week with a group of 12 men and women who live in the informal settlement of Enkanini, in Stellenbosch. Over five activity-packed days the group reflected on water accessibility in Enkanini and their most urgent water-related needs. They also shared their perspectives on past and present research activities – including projects focussed on water – carried out in their community. The Enkanini residents worked together to produce community maps, body-maps, role plays and musical accompaniments and relayed personal stories about their most challenging water-related experiences. This unique body of individual and collective artwork illustrates the difficulties faced by all Enkanini residents around access to clean running water and how drainage, decent sanitation and effective waste disposal are almost completely absent in the settlement. In-depth group discussions revealed how these challenges intersect and compromise the health, well-being and dignity of the community. The maps, stories, music and drama performances will be shared later this year with a group of water microbiologists who are currently doing research on rainwater in the informal settlement.

Enkanini Creative workshop: Community mapping and body mapping



                                        Enkanini Creative workshop: exploring the sounds of water. Participants working together to link different sounds of water to memory, culture and personal experience.


During the month of April, we will be facilitating our second five-day creative workshop, this time with participants who are residents from Delft. For further updates and information about the Bucket Loads of Health project, keep tuned to SLF on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the updates link on our project page (http://livelihoods.org.za/projects/bucket-loads-of-health).