The Township Transport Sector
Lead: Dr Andrew Charman and Dr Laurence Piper
Partner: Department of Political Science at the University of the Western Cape
In January 2013 the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation in partnership with the Department of Political Science at the University of the Western Cape undertook an area-based study of informal micro-enterprise activities in Imizamo Yethu. The research identified and then mapped the spatial distribution of economic activities.
An important component of informal business in this township was the transport sector, comprising private vehicles, formal mini-bus taxis, informal taxis, school transport services, freight services and employee transport services. These various activities link the township to the Hout Bay local economy and key transport hubs within the Metro. As public transport is an important and profitable sector for emerging entrepreneurs, there has been considerable conflict between rival organisations and individual operators over market access to the routes serving commuters from Imizamo Yethu.
The infographic (linked below) presents the core findings of our research on the spatial characteristics and material flows of the township transport sector in a case study context.