Current Project

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

Lead: Dr Andrew Charman
Funders and Partners: PGWC Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT), Concordia University, the HSRC and the UCT Graduate School of Business


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 to develop robust and comparable data on trends in the local business investment, conduct a census of informal micro-entrepreneurship and obtain data on the growth in backyard housing.

The project was conceptualized as a knowledge partnership between SLF, the PGWC Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) and academic partners including Concordia University, the HSRC and the UCT Graduate School of Business. The aim of the research is to compare the results with the evidence obtained in previous waves of the research in 2010 and 2015. The partners are co-producers of the research strategy and approach.

In undertaking field research, SLF has partnered with community participants, civic organisations and local businesses. These partners will provide insights on localised obstacles to economic growth.

Through this project, we aim to contribute towards the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions in support of business growth and job-creation in Cape Town’s township economies. For example, a sound understanding of the various obstacles and constraints facing local enterprises will assist in identifying measures that could, for example, redress red tape whilst improving service provision.

The research result will be translated in a series of outputs, including high-level information sessions, a comprehensive written report and a data set.

Funders & Partners