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The winter of our discontent: What is being done to develop opportunities in townships?

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Andile Ntingi is the chief executive and co-founder of GetBiz, an e-procurement and tender notification service. (Photo: Finweek)
Andile Ntingi is the chief executive and co-founder of GetBiz, an e-procurement and tender notification service. (Photo: Finweek)

In the aftermath of the widespread looting of shops and businesses that took place across many parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July, there has been a flurry of insightful debates about the importance of developing low-income and unemployment-afflicted townships.

For over a week in July, South Africans were glued to their TV screens, watching thousands of people ransacking and pillaging shopping malls and small businesses in an orgy of violent unrest the country has not seen since the early 1990s.

After the dust had settled, more than 300 people had lost their lives while R50bn worth of damage had been unleashed on property and infrastructure in what President Cyril Ramaphosa described as a “failed insurrection”.

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