11 Aug
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Township Economy in 2020 Series #7: The Township High Street Needs Management’s Support

Townships are a space of innovation like no other. The proactive nature and DIY attitude of commercial stakeholders should be respected and supported. However, these modi operandi often come from places of survival, where competition is tight and capital even tighter – they should not be glamourised. Unfortunately, the problem with unregulated and informal economies […]

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01 Jul
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Township Economy in 2020 Series #5: Informal Food Service in South Africa’s Townships

Informal foodservice is a critical sector of the township economy, andcomprises the preparation of sit-down and take-away food in the township and street trade economy. Post COVID-19’s economic effects mean that thisimportant but largely underestimated South African business will take on an increasingly important aspect for food security for millions of our poorest residents. Here, […]

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17 Jun
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Township Economy In 2020 Series #4: An Interview with SLF’s Project Officer, Anthony Muteti

Anthony Muteti, The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation’s Project Officer, has created a podcast series. In this series, he shares his experiences about what happens in the field while doing research. This series will cover topics such as the pressures field researchers face, the skills required to do field research well, specific experiences of the Delft Third […]

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02 Jun
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Township Economy in 2020 Series #3: Do Food Hampers Advance or Undermine Sustainable Diets?

Transitioning towards sustainable diets is imperative to avoiding the worst effects of climate change, environmental degradation and malnutrition. Madeleine Coste, a Food Policy MSc student at City, University of London, had the opportunity to contribute to the SHEFS project by exploring the potential of food hampers for advancing sustainable diets in South Africa. She conducted […]

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