The Cultural Centre of GugaS’thebe as a Transformative Creative Space

Irma Booyens, Ndipiwe Mkuzo, Marco Brent Morgan

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Culture is seen as important for employment creation, poverty reduction and area development in South Africa. This chapter considers the case of the GugaS’thebe, a multi-purpose cultural space in the township of Langa on the outskirts of Cape Town. We argue that this creative space is transformative – while the centre functions as a makerspace for local creatives, social development outcomes are also observed. GugaS’thebe is not a typical incubator initiative – the space is multi-generation and there is a critical mass of permanent local creatives among whom there is a strong sense of ownership and embeddedness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Creative Economies in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationSpaces and Working Practices
EditorsBrian J. Hracs, Roberta Comunian , Lauren England
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781003191681
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary Africa


  • Africa
  • employment
  • economics
  • working practices
  • South Africa
  • cultural space
  • co-working spaces


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