29 Jul
  • By Jess Drewett
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SLF Welcomes Prof. Bothello

SLF is collaborating with Assistant Professor Joel Bothello from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University to research organisational resilience in informal markets. Joel was awarded an Insight Development Grant from the Government of Canada to investigate this topic in Delft South. SLF is the local collaborating partner. The research builds upon the results […]

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29 Jul
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Rental Flats, a Growing Business in Delft

By Anthony Muteti Between the 3rd and 12th of June, I accompanied Professor Joel Bothello from Concordia University to Delft South assisting him with his interviews. Professor Bothello is collaborating with SLF to undertake research on informal micro-enterprises, building upon the SLF research legacy and data from the 2015 survey. Although our time in the […]

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27 Jun
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Digital Storytelling (DST) and Training with HSRC- CeSTII, KZN

In 2017, the Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC), Centre of Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) introduced a new research theme to complement its core work in South Africa: new indicator development for measuring innovation. This is in response to the growing emphasis on inequality and inclusive growth / development globally; the implications of the […]

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30 Apr
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An age of informality: the regulatory crisis in the township economy

Andrew Charman The upcoming national general elections provides an important opportunity to reflect on the current direction of economic policy. The policy arena on which our work focuses is the under-performing and lacklustre township economy. Instead of debating policies which could impact on this component of the national economy, the political discourse has understandably gravitated […]

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01 Apr
  • By Jess Drewett
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A Township Economy Development Strategy for Uitenhage

The VW B-BBEE Initiatives Trust commissioned SLF to develop a suitable strategy for township economy development in Uitenhage. The project was undertaken in two phases. In phase 1, SLF undertook extensive field research and micro-enterprise survey in the settlements of KwaNobuhle, Rosedale and Langa. In phase 2, SLF collaborated with UrbanWorks Architecture and Urbanism to […]

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20 Dec
  • By Camilla Thorogood
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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Personal Reflections on the Fieldwork Process

Between October and November 2018 a few members of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF) team spent about three and a half weeks in two township areas near Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, conducting research on small businesses. The intention of the surveys was to gain an understanding of the range of small businesses in the […]

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