30 Apr
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View from the Street

This, our fifth blog in the ‘Livelihood Struggles’ series, deals with the difficulties street vendors face in South Africa’s big metros. Enormous thanks must go to The Big Issue, who provided invaluable input into this blog, and two of whose vendors, Xolani and Tinzi, are co-authors alongside SLF researcher Caitlin Tonkin. However, the views put […]

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30 Apr
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Looking Back at the YOLO_Ekasi Exhibition in Photographs

The YOLO_ekasi project worked with youth from various townships in Cape Town, including Delft and Phillipi. During the project, the voice of youth was expressed through their own words, photographs and illustrations. Using a Photovoice process and wave of engagement, the YOLO_ekasi project has generated photographs and critical thinking on the leisure activities of young […]

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30 Apr
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Bossiedoktor Freedom

This penultimate blog in our ‘Livelihood Struggles’ series was researched and written by Nabeel Petersen, a previous SLF staff member and now an independent facilitator, researcher and consultant. In writing this blog, he collaborated with Rastafarian Elder Neville, a long-time friend and former employee of SLF. All photographs and quotations are Neville’s.     “Being […]

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30 Apr
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Safe Shebeens Hosts Pool Tournament

Newsletter Content Contributor: Nathi Tshabalala   In 2014, SLF embarked on the Safe Shebeens Project, seeking to contribute to reducing alcohol-related harms by promoting safety in shebeens (unlicensed liquor outlets) that are notorious in government and media circles for being ‘unsafe’. The project promoted safety through signs that communicate house and safety rules adopted by […]

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30 Apr
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Engaging Delft in Heart Health

Newsletter Content Contributor: Gill Black   Our Heart of the Matter (HOTM) project brought together nineteen dynamic Delft community members in a unique partnership with a group of cardiovascular disease (CVD) research scientists from Stellenbosch University (SU) led by Professor Hans Strijdom. The project came to a successful conclusion at a well-attended engagement event held […]

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30 Apr
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Exciting New Project Tackles School Dropout

Newsletter Content Contributor: Andrew Hartnack   SLF has been granted funding to play a crucial role in building a community of best practice around the important issue of school dropout. The DG Murray Trust has recently initiated the ‘Tackling School Dropout Initiative’, through which it is funding nine organisations, working in four provinces, to pilot […]

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30 Apr
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High Street Study in Katutura, Windhoek

Newsletter Content 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 […]

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30 Apr
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The Zimbabwean Spring

SLF Director Andrew Hartnack reflects on an international conference and the launch of his new book in Harare, Zimbabwe. On the 2nd and 3rd of September 2016, I had the privilege of attending the 2nd annual conference of the Zimbabwe Historical Association, held at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare. This was a gathering of many […]

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30 Apr
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Pending Public Release of Informality Data

Newsletter Content Contributor: Andrew Charman   The Formalising Informal Micro-Enterprises (FIME) project undertook research on township micro-enterprises from 2010-2015. One aspect of the research was to investigate enterprise characteristics and business challenges. The project conducted 3188 interviews with business owners in eight different township localities. The data has been compiled into a data-set to enable […]

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