A pilot project to deploy a team of specially trained law enforcement officers to the Philippi East area was launched at the Philippi Business Retention and Expansion summit hosted by PEDI on 17 April.
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In Philippi East, a suburb at the heart of the city’s Eastern region, the challenges seem at first glance to be as great as anywhere. It is a poor area, where unemployment is high and opportunity has been constrained by history.
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Planners from a range of departments from the City of Cape Town gathered at Philippi Village to hear from researchers about the key services that Philippi needs to be able to grow.
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There are several parts of Cape Town where communities share a dream of transforming their bleak and broken horizons to clean, landscaped and welcoming residential and business zones. There are a series of catalysts that can fundamentally alter the trajectory of their story, but finding the right keys in the face of the entrenched inheritance of disadvantage is dauntingly difficult, often seemingly impossible.
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A thriving social and environmental start-up business is starting to make waves in Cape Town. Not only has Waste to Food managed to show that there is real commercial value in recycling our food waste, but the business has now been recognised with an award from the University of Stel-lenbosch’s Small Business Academy.
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Out of the ruins of a derelict cement factory in the heart of one of Cape Town’s poorest suburbs, an astonishing hub of enterprise and activity is rising. Philippi Village has ambitions to change the way local business in the area is conducted, offering the kind of A-grade office environment you might expect in the buzz of Cape Town’s trendier urban spaces.
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The reimagining of Philippi East, a blighted suburb of Cape Town that has struggled to shake off the yoke thrust upon it by Apartheid’s economic design, is one step closer to possibility as authorities prepare to break ground on the first of a series of catalytic infrastructure projects that hold the promise of radical change.
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