Tag Archives | Informality


Not Quite Cinderella

Soweto’s Cinderella status ignores some basic truths about the unequal supply of water and electricity. The poor are being ripped-off—but they are also fighting back

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Yes We Can!!!

Words: Joonji Mdjogolo | Photography: Sydelle Willow Smith Soweto will never be free of its political history. It is written in stone, at venues like the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Orlando West, which commemorates the student revolt of 1976, and in Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, the oldest township in Soweto, where […]

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The What If of Informality

Caroline Skinner Informal workers in cities across the global south are challenging the precarious and unsupportive work conditions to meaningfully better their lives Recently the Forum for the Future, an international consultancy specialising in scenario planning, interviewed me about current and future drivers of change affecting the informality of cities in the global south. I […]

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Endurance, not Survival

AbdouMaliq Simone In cities where a significant proportion of the population has historically  relied upon their own initiatives, the concept of endurance is an important strategy for connecting seemingly dissimilar experiences Endurance means something different than survival. A lot of emphasis has been placed on how residents, particularly the large numbers of urban poor survive the […]

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