Collective impact in Cape Town
Appreciating the multiple ways in which oppressive environments influence outcomes is critical to effective intervention design. Implementers have struggled with these issues. Case studies of how such struggles have or have not succeeded, and comparing these to the liberation studies framework, will help refine it. One such case study is examining a collective impact approach in a Western Cape township. This involves multiple NGOs working together to provide what they see as an appropriate package of interventions to adolescents. The case study is examining why they took this approach, how they identified the package, how the collaboration is going and what if it appears to be working.
Limehill revisited: 50 years on
In January 1968, residents of Meran in the then Natal Province were forcibly removed to Limehill. They were moved from a relatively stable and well-established community, which while far from rich was far from destitute. The people were dumped on a barren stretch of land where they were provided with tents and plots marked off with pegs. The removal was one of many which occurred as part of the Apartheid Government’s resettlement programme. Specifically, the removal from Meran to Limehill was part of the removal of ‘black spots’ from farming areas which the government had designated as white. Residents would later be joined by those forcibly removed from Kamelkop, Evandsdale, Kwathelaphi, Alva Mission, Fantain, Steilcoal Spruit, Creamen, Emakhasi Mission, Slangland, Kwahlathi, Fairview and Moolman in what became the dumping grounds of the Limehill Complex. As we mark 50 years since this historic move, the centre, with the support for the Centre of Excellence in Human Development at Wits University, is documenting the history of Limehill, the opportunities and challenges occasioned by land claims and pressing community concerns. This project, being undertaken in collaboration with community members is designed to help the community record their story and plan for the next chapter.