Dear SLF members, supporters and followers,
Welcome to our summer newsletter. With the year drawing to a close, and 2019 just around the corner, it's time to reflect on SLF's achievements in the last quarter of 2018, and look forward to the adventures of 2019!
We’ve had another action packed year: from completing projects in community safety, food security and the township economy; welcoming a new board member, Thiresh Govender, who has partnered with us on numerous projects over the past 8 years; bringing in Kayla Petersen with her strategic expertise to support creative activities across all projects; and being invited to international conferences and workshops to showcase some of our innovative methodological approaches in participatory visual methods and public engagement!
The past couple months have been busy ones for many SLF projects! SLF's Lively Hoods to Livelihoods project is jamming full notes ahead! This new project, led by Leif Petersen and funded by South Africa’s National Lotteries Commission, aims to collaborate and record a variety of township artists culminating in a professionally produced concept album. Recording is ongoing, and we are currently working with nine artists from all over the country with many more to come. Keep an ear to the ground for exciting project developments and the forthcoming release of ‘State of The Nation’. This is a concept album reflecting on 25 years of democracy in South Africa, due for release and free download in July 2019!
Bucket Loads of Health has also had a jam packed schedule in recent months! The project held two successful exhibitions of public engagement in water science, where the creative works of Abakhuthazi Bomphakathi, the Delft Water Clan, and Water Resource Laboratory team in the Microbiology Department of Stellenbosch University were on display. A mini-series of four short films created with the Delft Water Clan, showing experiences of Delft residents during the 2017/2018 Cape Town drought, have recently been released online. Bucket Loads of Health will also be making an appearance at the 2018 Science Forum South Africa on December 13th, so if you are in the area, please join our science talk: #BucketLoadsofHealth: Water, Science, Engagement and Ethics!
Phase one of our Township Development Strategy Project has recently been completed, with Andrew Charman having presented the findings to the funder, VWBBBEE Trust, on Friday! The aim of phase one was to gain an understanding of the micro-enterprise environment in two township areas near Uitenhage (KwaNohuble and Rosedale/Langa) using SLF's small area census approach. We are looking forward to engaging with our stakeholders in phase two, with the aim of proposing a development strategy that is sensitive to local requirements and opportunities.
In other news, SLF has also recently collaborated with the HSRC, where we introduced the them to various research methodologies, such as SLF’s Small Area Census approach used for conducting research on economic activities in informal settings, and other important visual methods. Through a digital story telling process, the HSRC were able to collect qualitative data and also be part of a participatory visual methods training process.
Our director, Dr. Gill Black, was invited to share her experiences in public engagement at two international conferences. At the NCCPE Engage 2018 Conference of public engagement in Edinburgh, she hosted a table at one of the plenary workshops, and presented a poster which shared insights from the Bucket Loads of Health project. Gill also attended the Wellcome International Engagement Conference which was held in Ninh Binh Province in Vietnam in October. She gave one of the opening talks which focused on innovations and new directions for public engagement in science.
Looking forward to 2019, the SLF team will be actively building meaningful development programmes, focusing in particular on taking our now highly refined research and methodological processes into concrete development actions. This includes development of investor strategies and action plans for township economic investment, and development of an online platform for indigenous artist creativity. In this way, SLF can lend its skillsets to supporting sustainable livelihoods in South Africa.
Once again, thank you for your continuing support and interest in the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation. We value your feedback on our work, and the lasting connections with those who are as passionate about sustainable development as we are! SLF will be closing offices from the 21st December. We wish you a restful refreshing festive season, and all the best for 2019!