Community and; Stakeholder engagement events in Overcome Heights, Sweet Home Farm and Delft

During the months of April, May and June 2022, SLF facilitated three community & stakeholder engagement events in each of our UKRI GCRF Water & Fire research sites on the Cape Flats. Hosted by our co-researchers from Overcome Heights, Sweet Home Farm and Delft, each event served as a platform for local co-researchers to present their research outputs to community leaders, City of Cape Town officials, researchers and the media.

The research outputs were co-created with the SLF research team over a period of two years using participatory visual methods to produce a series of digital stories, a large collection of photographs collections and a set of community maps. The co-researchers developed informative programmes to showcasing their visual materials to illustrate how runaway fires, localized flooding and water shortage affect them at individual, household and neighbourhood levels. Each event culminated in the presentation of ‘Best Bets’, a selection of community-driven potential interventions to manage disaster risks and counteract climate change impact.

The community & stakeholder engagement events were attended by CoCT officials from the Resilience office, Water and Sanitation, Informal Settlements and the Mayoral Committee. Officials engaged with community members and researchers alike, discussing how resilience can be bolstered and how the community and CoCT can work together more productively. Evidently, communities in informal settlements are the most severely affected by governmental issues plaguing the country as a whole, e.g. lack of service delivery and infrastructural collapse. In a time of increasing climate change impact, inefficient governance has a compounding effect on damage caused by fires, flooding and water shortage. The ‘Bets Bets’ provides, among other things, a framework for communities and the city to hold each other accountable to work together to build resilience.

Before the Water & Fire project comes to an end in October, SLF will be hosting a Policy Engagement event, where research outputs will be presented to high-level City of Cape Town officials. SLF stays committed to disseminating the research outputs and findings delivered by co-researchers, to make sure that the ongoing issue of inequality and climate change impacts are acknowledged by policy and lawmaker

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