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Sustainable Economic Development in Previously Deprived Localities

The Case of Khayelitsha in Cape Town

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Sonwabile Ngxiza

04 October 2011


Township Studies Librarian Two

Journal article

Township Studies Group

South Africa

In Khayelitsha (new home), the largest African township in the City of Cape Town, there are persistent interlocking challenges that necessitate an integrated and holistic intervention including but not limited to poverty, unemployment, inadequate infrastructure and lack of economic base. There are a plethora of incoherent interventions to these problems, thus it becomes imperative to ensure coordination and integration to build synergy for maximum resource mobilisation for these efforts to yield fruit. There are emerging trends of bulk infrastructure spending and community-led partnerships that seek to unlock the economic potential; however, this progress has thus far been limited to retail development with no productive industrial development and expansion.


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Built environment

Cape Town

Economic development

Human settlements



Local economic development

Local government

Poverty & inequality

Private sector

South Africa


Township Studies Group

Township economies


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