Today, the population of Philippi stands at about 200,000 depending on where one chooses to draw its borders. Its residents include a number of disparate groups, although those of Xhosa background predominate. Phillipi faces a range of challenges, including poverty, unemployment, overcrowding, food insecurity, crime, and exposure to environmental hazards such as flooding and fire. There are efforts, however, to build its economy through the development of businesses and light industry.
One such initiative, where we expect some of our YASC projects to take place, is Philippi Village, a mixed-use business center developed from an old cement factory. The complex currently houses a public library, office space for social entrepreneurs, small business storefronts, and spaces for local health and welfare NGO’s.
Sources and for more information:
Wikipedia: Philippi, Cape Town
Alcohol, Development and Poverty in South Africa
Philippi Economic Development Initiative
South Africa Explored