Welcome to the Philippi Economic Development Initiative

About Pedi


being the change – Under the leadership of Thomas Swana, PEDI is forging ahead with a plan to unite business owners and residents of Philippi. The plan will create a model for urban renewal and development in South Africa.

The development of key catalyst sectors is at the heart of PEDI’s drive to transform the economy of this, the Central Suburbs.

Vision & Mission


Vision – To build Philippi into a thriving urban hub where businesses choose to invest and grow, and where people choose to live, work and play.

Mission – To facilitate Turnkey solutions that will enable stakeholders across the wider Philippi community to create a shared vision.

PRESENTATION OF PEDI’S VISION TO PROVINCIAL PARLIAMENT — PEDI was recently invited to the Standing Committee on Economic Opportunity of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament to make a presentation on the work we are doing in Philippi. CEO Thomas Swana highlighted how much socio-economic development can be achieved in the area if it is undertaken holistically.

The response to the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. Read it by clicking the link below.

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Latest News


WORK BEGINS ON ITHEMBA LABANTU SPORTS PARK — More than five years since the idea was first proposed, the Ithemba Labantu community centre has begun work on developing a new sports facility that will bring benefit to the community of Philippi.

detention-pond-smallSet in a rehabilitated seasonal flood water retention pond that is dry for most of the year, the ingenious plan for the site is to create a youth Sports Park, to be known as the Philipp Lahm Sports Ground, connected to the NGO’s Youth Centre.

PEDI CEO Thomas Swana has welcomed the start of work on the project. “This facility will make a huge difference to lives of people the area,” he said.

Located on land leased to Ithemba Labantu by the City of Cape Town, the project will include measures to manage the water that will still need to be drained from the area during periods of high rainfall.


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