Khayelitsha is a formal apartheid township outside Cape Town.  Roughly 500,000 people live in 55,000 formal and 110,000 informal houses.  Average erf size is 200sqm and average informal dwelling size is 40sqm.

I started working in Khayelitsha in 2008 when asked by the Simelela Centre to look at mapping the communities within Khayelitsha so as to create a clearer spatial picture of the incidence of sexual violence in the area. Simelela's clients over the last four years had been giving their addresses and incident location as Site & Section with very occasionally a street address.

There was an apparent mismatch between the City of Cape Town's official suburb names and those used by the people living in Khayelitsha to define their addresses.  After cleaning the spelling variants in the Simelela address database and deriving the common denominators we printed A0 (large) aerial photographs of the areas and "did a lot of scribbling with kokis" in groups.

The end result was 10 defined Sites (or "suburbs") containing on average 8 Sections (or "villages") each (larger maps attached at base of page).

This enabled thematic mapping of the relevant field in the database and resulted in a clearer picture of the situation on the ground for Simelela. 

As beneficial was revising the Intake Form structure from  6 pages to 2 which resulted in quicker intake processing, track-able fax-able referring and more accurate data capture .

Attached are two maps of Khayelitsha, the A1 poster is print ready (10Mb).

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Chris Berens,
20 Oct 2009, 23:41
Chris Berens,
20 Oct 2009, 23:27