The paradoxical inseparability of water, fire and disease in the Urban South

by Dr Lesley Gibson In this blog, Dr Lesley Gibson discusses the challenges, risks and hazards faced by residents in the Cape Flats during winter. These communities are faced by the challenge of flooding, are at high risk of fire and until recently, the pandemic that is COVID-19. Challenges such as poverty, marginalization, social inequalityContinue reading “The paradoxical inseparability of water, fire and disease in the Urban South”

A free-to-use COVID-19 app is the best way to reach marginalised communities

Priorities have been set to address Covid-19 in South Africa. But a dedicated effort to engage marginalised communities on the disease and its prevention is absent. There is an urgency to fill this gap through a focused, accurate and reliable mobile intervention. The time is now. Dr Gill Black, Co-Director of the Sustainable Livelihoods FoundationContinue reading “A free-to-use COVID-19 app is the best way to reach marginalised communities”

Opening sites for 20,000 new informal traders will help offset economic ravages of Covid-19

“If municipal authorities used the legislative and management tools they already possess to open just one new street trading site in each middle-class suburb in their jurisdiction, this would collectively represent thousands of new trading opportunities and markets for street trader businesses”. Leif Petersen, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation Co-director and Co-Investigator on this project gives insightsContinue reading “Opening sites for 20,000 new informal traders will help offset economic ravages of Covid-19”