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Assistance to South African Metros in the Formulation, Implementation and Institutionalisation of Township Economic Development Strategies, Programmes and Projects

SLF is the lead agency in a Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) National Treasury Cities Support Programme (CSP) technical assistance programme to South African Metros in the formulation, implementation and institutionalization of township economic development strategies, programmes and projects. In partnership with UrbanWorks, Pegasys, HSRC and Mariswe the team will uncover the obstacles to investment in the township property market and the barriers which hinder the formalization and regulation of micro-enterprises.

In this project SLF will build on its experience in developing three recent area-based strategies for township revitalization, (Cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth) and extend its close partnerships with municipal government, civil society organizations, private sector corporations and our history of extensive community and stakeholder collaboration to develop a range of economic, infrastructure and implementation plans for township economic development. The implementing sites include townships within the cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipalities. Using extensive geospatial, survey and qualitative interview processes, and participatory action learning methodologies the project will generate usable area development strategies and provide considerable benefit to the CSP in its programme of township economy development support.