High Street Study in Katutura, Windhoek
Contributor: Andrew Charman
The Unlocking Land for Micro-Enterprise Growth (UMLEG) project aims to influence public policy on land constraints affecting micro-enterprises in urban communities. One objective of UMLEG is to generate knowledge on land use challenges such as tenure insecurity, lack of access to land, municipal by-laws and inappropriate zoning. A second objective is to draw on this research to engage with policy makers and land management stakeholders on practical reforms that can unlock land for micro-enterprise activities.
As part of the UMLEG research / engagement agenda, SLF has partnered with UrbanWorks to complete a study of the high street economy, focusing on the case of Eveline Street in Katutura, Windhoek. Eveline Street is one of several business corridors that have been established by the City of Windhoek to support micro-enterprise formalisation through allocating business rights to high street properties. The Eveline Street case is of particular relevance to South African townships because the high street accommodates a large number of leisure related businesses, including bars, restaurants and hair care services. The SLF research found that business activities have intensified overtime, whilst the mix of business activities has substantially diversified. Eveline Street provides a case of how the high street leisure economy can spur economic growth across a range of sectors and stimulate investment in enterprise facilities and property.
The results of the Eveline Street research will be presented at a series of exhibition events in Windhoek, Johannesburg and Cape Town in February and March 2017. Details will be announced on the SLF Facebook page and via invitation.