Dear SLF members, supporters and followers,
Welcome to our autumn newsletter.
The year has got off to a busy start! Over the past three months SLF staff members have been busy in a range of research, engagement and innovation activities. Among all of this work has been a series of ongoing programmes and projects that work to drive SLF in its broader ambition of enhancing livelihoods for people in South Africa's marginalised spaces.
Phase two of our Township Development Strategy Project has recently been completed. In March, SLF showcased a Township Economy Development Strategy for Uitenhage at the Volkswagen B-BBEE Initiatives Trust engagement event. Over the past few months, SLF has conducted research in Uitenhage townships and facilitating participatory workshops with townships entrepreneurs in order to propose a development strategy for township micro-enterprises. The presentation and exhibition at the event showcased the research conducted in KwaNobuhle, Rosedale and Langa, highlighting opportunities through which public and private sector interventions could bring about catalytic change in the Uitenhage township economy. SLF emphasises the role of micro-enterprises in the Uitenhage township economy, the need to support entrepreneurs, and areas of opportunity.
From the township to the studio and onto the stage, the Lively Hoods to Livelihoods project music collective will be going live and performing at AfrikaBurn in May 2019. This will be the biggest stage performance these talented artists have ever done in their careers so far, giving them the exposure to grow their presence and enabling them to make their music their livelihood. These artists will be performing songs from the project’s collaborative album, “State of the Nation”, which will be released in June 2019. The artists’ performances and participation at AfrikaBurn will be captured, forming part of the documentary of their stories and journey to this point.
In other news, Dr. Gill Black was recently awarded an AfOx travel grant. Gill visited the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford for 3 weeks in March 2019 where she was hosted by Professors Maureen Kelley and Mike Parker. During her visit, Gill gave a seminar about the ‘Bucket Loads of Health’ public engagement project that focused on water shortage and water research. The 'Bucket Loads of Health' film 'Doing it Differently' was showcased as a part of her seminar.
SLF’s collaboration with the Human Science Resource Council continues to grow in the area of research and community engagement. The Department of Science and Technology hosted a seminar on Innovation for Inclusive Development in March, to share ideas and examine the suitability of current research tools, measures and indicators for promoting innovation for inclusive and sustainable development. A concern the DST raised was the inability of current research methods to adequately address the concerns of the 1996 White Paper on Innovation and Technology. SLF’s presentation by Anthony Muteti of the Small Areas Census approach raised considerable attention from provincial and municipal officials, in addition to several academics.
SLF's public engagement and visual methods work also recently featured at the first Science Fridays @Stellenbosch, hosted by the Centre for research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University. Gill spoke about new directions in engagement, and how SLF has worked with digital storytelling, applied theatre, participatory photography and collaborative film-making to engage people in health and health science.
A new study by SLF, 'Supermarkets, Street Traders and Spaza Shops: spatial determinants of formal retailers' impact on informal micro-enterprises in Philippi, Cape Town' has been published. The research made use of socio-spatial methodology, including geospatial mapping, the diagramming of market spaces, a census of street-traders, a household survey within a local residential area, qualitative interviews and photography. The report highlights the spatial exclusion of street traders from business opportunities in and around township shopping malls.
Looking ahead in 2019: SLF will be implementing the Delft Youth Action Programme (DYAP), working with young people at risk in a series of life-positive activities in a process to qualitatively measure how such programmes can impact on risky drinking incidences and behaviour. The DYAP pilot programme aims to explore ways to intervene in young people’s lives, to effectively curb underage drinking activities, as part of a broader community advocacy and engagement intervention to drive social (behavioural) change and promote healthy and responsible lifestyles and behaviour. SLF will use a participatory approach to engage young people at risk through skateboarding, music and creative arts and film making.
Once again, thank you for your continuing support and interest in the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation.