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Strengthening Township Economies

There is growing policy interest in strengthening township economies within the Western Cape and elsewhere in South Africa. Townships have traditionally been viewed as dormitory settlements plagued by unemployment, poverty, and crime. More recent portraits frame them as potent economic spaces replete with entrepreneurial activities. The government has pledged to revitalize township economies and assist entrepreneurs in the interests of inclusive growth and development. Yet the current understanding of township economies and the opportunities and challenges facing township entrepreneurs is limited. This project seeks to improve knowledge about townships economies in the Western Cape and to explore ways of unlocking their potential.


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Built environment


Economic development

Economic growth


Human settlements

Informal sector



Poverty & inequality

South Africa


Township Studies Group

Township economies


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