Township economies in the GCR
- Mamokete Matjomane
The provincial government and municipal governments in Gauteng are pursuing policies with the intent to ‘modernise’, ‘formalise’ and ‘re-industrialise’ township economies in the province. Yet, it is not always clear how these terms are understood and the implications of government interventions on township economic development. The first part of the project interrogates the concept of township economies in the GCR in a Provocation while the second part is an Occasional Paper investigating different ways of intervening in townships to revitalise the economy, focusing on three main aspects: infrastructure and services, regulation and entrepreneurship.
A map of the month spatially representing unemployment in two distinct ways (unemployment rate vs unemployment density) was produced in August 2018. A Provocation titled ‘Interrogating the concept of “township economies” in the Gauteng context is currently being reviewed with internal inputs. An extensive review of literature including academic papers and government strategic documents on township economies together with a limited number of interviews with government officials have been conducted to feed into the Provocation. Planning for the second leg of the project is currently underway.
Map of the month
Matjomane, M., Cheruiyot, K., Katumba, S. (2018) ‘Mapping unemployment’. GCRO Map of the Month. 31 August http://www.gcro.ac.za/outputs/map-of-the-month/detail/mapping-unemployment/
Mamokete Matjomane (August 2020) ‘Interrogating the concept of “township economies” in the Gauteng context’, Southern African City Studies Conference, Online, 31 August 2020.
Mamokete Matjomane (July 2020) ‘Interrogating the concept of “township economies” in the Gauteng context’, GCRO Internal Review Workshop, 1 July 2020.
Mamokete Matjomane (December 2018) ‘Township Economies in the GCR’, City of Ekurhuleni Strategy and Corporate Planning Department Strategic Planning Session, Kempton Park. 12 December 2018.
Last updated: 7 October 2020.