By Tasia N. Morgan and Dominique M. Spooner

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

[vimeo 72590992] The historic scarcity of work opportunities, resultant chronic high unemployment coupled with apartheid-era laws sparked an entrepreneurial spirit among many South Africans as a means of survival. Today, within townships such as Alexandra and Kliptown, many residents engage in what’s called the ‘informal economy.’ At the South African Institute of Race Relations, a team […]

 By Isaac Riddle

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

Like many recent college graduates Collen Tshazi returned home after earning his degree.  Unlike most young twenty-somethings it wasn’t the comforts of home or the need to save money that brought Tshazi back to where he started, it was the desire to give back to the community he came from. “I know that I can […]

 By Nick Centore and Shanell Simmons

Soweto: Schools Help Fight Hunger

Soweto: Schools Help Fight Hunger

High levels of unemployment, underemployment and homelessness have led to an increase in the levels of poverty and hunger across South Africa. Educators recognize that hungry children do not concentrate well. With limited resources, Nghunghunyane Secondary School in Soweto provides learners with breakfast and lunch every day. For some learners, these will be the only […]

 By Lauren Hertzler

Soweto: School Has Too Many Students and Too Few Teachers

Soweto: School Has Too Many Students and Too Few Teachers

Imagine a learning environment where classroom windows are cracked, doors are broken, desks are vandalized, and bathrooms are dark and unsanitary. Imagine a learning environment where learners shiver in cold classrooms in the frigid winter months, cram next to each other to share desks and frequently wait for hours for their teacher who may not […]

 By Lauren Watson and Lucas Rodgers

Soweto: Students Overcome Poor Facilities with Desire to Learn

Soweto: Students Overcome Poor Facilities with Desire to Learn

Nghungunyani Secondary School is home to 714 learners–many from working class homes and others from informal settlements throughout Soweto. Nghungunyani is located in Tshiawelo, a section at the western end of the vast Soweto township. Eighty four percent of the school’s budget is allocated to the staff’s salaries, leaving 16 percent to fix broken windows, […]

 By Lauren Hertzler and Nicholas Centore

Soweto: Cutting Hair for a Cause

Soweto: Cutting Hair for a Cause

Maponya Mall is the largest mall in Soweto, home to designer grocery and clothing stores, speciality stores, financial services and, of course, beauty and hair salons, many of which participate in the Hairdressers of the World Against AIDS campaign. L’Oreal recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Hairdressers Against AIDS program in South Africa. Originally […]