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Social innovation to solve social issues

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Open Streets Cape Town has partnered with Red Bull Amaphiko to bring the first ever Social Innovation Festival to Langa on 8 November 2015.
Using “Open Streets” as a platform, the festival will showcase the creations of talented South African visionaries mentored through the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy. These social entrepreneurs have produced inventive solutions to solve social problems within their local communities.
Part of Langa’s Washington Street will be closed off to motorised transport, allowing the public to explore a series of exhibits and demonstrations, which exemplify innovative ideas, creative activities and community spirit.
These include Thato Kgatlhanye’s upcycled solar backpacks and Yonela Khetsheza’s Feminque Fitness Club. There will also be “traditional” Open Streets activities, such as street cricket, children’s games and even Phillip Miller performing on a “street piano”.
“We worked with community members to roll out the first Open Streets day in Langa earlier this year and it was a real success,” says Marcela Guerrero Casas, co-founder and director for Open Streets Cape Town. “The Social Innovation Festival gives us the chance to build on that success whilst being a platform for projects that highlight the potential the field offers to communities such as Langa.”