Isipingo Market Green shoots
One of the casualties of the recent unrest was the Isipingo Market, in that flat and smoky industrial former swampland south of Durban. For decades, local hawkers have sold their fruit and veg at the market, bringing revenue and employment to the local community; sadly, the iconic market was totally destroyed in the looting and rioting. Now a strategic partnership between several local religious and community organisations, the Rebuilding for Hope and Prosperity (Rehop) initiative, is intent on re-establishing parts of the market, helping the associated businesses recover from their losses, and rebuilding the social cohesion that was strained in some areas during the events. The assisting organisations – which have access to accounting, legal, business, finance, and humanitarian services – would focus initially on a micro-finance model of grants, loans, and commercial funding for qualifying businesses.
Comment: Out of tragedy, many communities, organisations, and businesses are looking at ways to create a more sustainable business and social order. These efforts are to be commended and supported.