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Summer Newsletter 2017
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Dear SLF members, supporters and followers,
 
With the year hurtling towards a close, it’s time to reflect on SLF's achievements during the last quarter of 2017 and look forward to the new activities scheduled for 2018. Whether its deciphering between legitimate and counterfeit goods within the informal grocery retail sector, designing new and improved trading plans in Philippi, engaging with the issues of the Western Cape drought, assessing school drop-out programmes across South Africa or holding government institutions accountable in Delft, SLF has continued to strive towards tackling a multitude of social issues that affect our most marginalized communities. 

The end of the year brings the conclusion of several projects. Dr Leif Petersen has completed his nationwide township study of informal grocery retailers for the Competition Commission. This cutting edge work saw Leif and his research team travel across the country investigating the dynamics of the township spaza shop trade. Dr Andrew Hartnack’s “Addressing School Dropout” pilot project in collaboration with DG Murray, is also in its final stages. This project sought to test a number of models to prevent high school learners from leaving school early.
 
November was a month of intense activity as, in collaboration with our long term partner Urban Works, we held our first ‘solutions lab’ workshop in Johannesburg. The objective of this event was to facilitate a discussion among influential stakeholders from civil society, government and business around the challenges of unlocking land in the township economy. In recognition of our ongoing work to build accountable relationships for community safety, Rory Liedeman, Farida Ryklief and members of the Delft Safety Group were invited to participate in the launch of 16 Days of Activism in Provincial Parliament.

Through these and several other activities over the past three months, the SLF team have certainly earned themselves a fair amount of flyer miles. Co-directors Dr Leif Petersen and Dr Andrew Charman recently travelled to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to connect, learn and communicate their work within the South African informal economy.

We unfortunately are bidding farewell to Director, Dr Andrew Hartnack at the end of this year. Andrew is planning to undertake post-doctoral research in 2018, along with independent consulting work. He will remain an active member of the SLF Board.Dr. Hartnack will be missed as a daily presence at SLF, and for the significant contributions he has made to our organization. We are looking forward to opportunities to continue working with Andrew and to future research partnership.

Looking ahead to 2018, beyond the current project portfolio, we are delighted to announce that co-director, Dr Gill Black has recently won a Wellcome Public Engagement award, which will enable the continuation of SLFs work to engage communities in public health and health science research. You can read about Gill's exciting new project in this newsletter. 

We would love to hear your feedback on our work and connect with fellow South Africans who are as passionate about sustainable development as we are!

SLF will be closing offices from 20th December for all of us to enjoy a break over the festive season. We hope and trust that you will enjoy yours too. 

-Edited by Megan Cooke
Building International Partnerships
Dr Leif Petersen and Dr Andrew Charman recently embarked on a trip to the USA, UK and Canada to connect, learn and share their work in the informal economy.
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Unlocking Land for Micro-Enterprise Growth: A Solution Lab
As part of the ULMEG project, SLF in collaboration with UrbanWorks held the first ‘solutions lab’ workshop in Johannesburg on the 22nd of November.


 
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SLF Wins A Wellcome Public Engagement Award
Dr Gill Black recently won a Wellcome Public Engagement award for a new health participation project "Bucket Loads of Health"


 
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A Conclusion to the "Addressing School Dropout" Project
This project yielded great insight into the varying contexts of the South African school system which make learners vulnerable to leaving school before grade 12.



 
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Philippi Trading Plan Project
In October, two successful participatory design workshops were conducted with street traders in Philippi.


 
 
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The Delft Safety Group attend the SAVI Conference and the Launch of 16 Days of Activism 
The SAVI 2017 conference main focus was Preventing violence and promoting safety in fragile and insecure environments’ . In addition, the 16 Days of Activism launch focused on violence against women and children.
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