Like many organisations in this sector, 1to1 has had to shift our traditional mode of socio-spatial support to respond to the changing needs of the people we work with and our project partners. In addition, the de-densification push by government was a major hurdle in this shifting lansdscape:
This has included working with a host of new collaborators that include the Covid-19 Community Organizing Working Group – Gauteng amongst building deeper partnerships with our existing project partners through the Asivikalane campaign as well as connecting our databases to various other support networks that emerged during the Leve 5 – 1 lockdown in South Africa.
A large part of this has been shift has been aligning our work to existing organizations who have been providing food parcels, mobilsing around sanitation issues and providing PPE’s, Sanitizer and working double time to stay in touch with project members, local leaders and residents in order to maintain a sense of collective connectedness in such disconnected times.
1to1 worked closely with our project partners (SERI, PlanAct, ICRC and ICF), to not only provided this specific socio-technical support, but to build awareness around the people living in inner-city Johannesburg who were largely forgotten by the governmental Covid response.
A significant part of this work was to begin an advocacy process to allow those living in less-resourced part oft he inner city a similar recognition by the government through lobbying the Department of Human Settlements to push the City of Joburg to engage.
Market Basket Support Work
These last few months has seen 1to1 providing specialised socio-technical support to SERI in a project to assist Street Traders in inner City Johannesburg design spatial protocals for Covid 19 safe trading layouts.
In this work set, 1to1 assisted SERI in their work with the City of Joburg in defending the spatial rights of the Street Traders in facilitating a series of discussions around the market baskets, spatial protocals and PPE allocation.
1to1 began a series of micro-projects responding to local leader’s requests (after the City of Joburg was unable to respond) to assist in fixing taps, drains and some shared ablutions. This took place in Slovo Park as well as in the inner-city locations.
As per our practice ethos, 1to1 worked ith local artisans, leadership groups to co-make these micro-upgrades and supported with links to local funders, PPEs and socio-technical guidance.
The Slovo Park Youth Group project began as small hand wash basin located athe Slovo Hall, and has now grown beyond a micro-project into a staged upgrade for an Early Childhood Development space a drop-off area for food parcels by the Youth Group, please support their project here:
Boundary of Home: Spatial implications of Covid19 Regulations
In response to the Covid19 Lockdown Regulations, 1to1 produced a short informative document/insta story to expose the effects these rules were having on spatially disadvantaged homes in South Africa.
The short narrative document was intended to outline the issues with the regulations, and how they were having an unfair impact on those living in higher density areas and how the interpretation of the regulations could be adapted to respond to this.