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The May Gathering report

Changemaker Towns Network

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Simon Mayson

19 May 2022

Towns Action Network


Phefumlela Bam


Towns Action Network

South Africa

The ‘May Gathering’ for the Changemaker Towns Network was convened by the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP), In Transformation Initiative, Citeplan/ Restaurare, Democracy Works, Ranyaka and Kagiso Trust. A diverse group of over 80 people from across South Africa joined, including changemakers from local partnerships, CEO’s, researchers, mayors, and residents.


Highlights included:

  • ‘Popcorn’ updates by changemakers and local partnerships from Cederberg, Paarl, Oudtshoorn, Mount Frere and Accountability Lab
  • Launch of support tools – Interactive Map, Offers and Needs catalogue and research repository (uKESA)
  • Guidance on enabling township economies of small towns, from a study of Rammulotsi (Viljoenskroon) in the northern Free State.
  • Small Towns Regeneration Strategy process and updates on the strategy from the Department of Cooperative Governance (CoGTA)

Read the May Gathering report here.


Abstract based directly on source.


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Built environment


Free State


Human settlements


Local government

Small Towns

South Africa

Township economies

Western Cape

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