At The Clarion Development Agency, we approach township economic support in a way that addresses the need for balance between the producer and the consumer. In other words, until people start working in close proximity to their homes, until they start producing the goods they are expected to consume, no meaningful development will be experienced. Empowerment must be created from within the townships in every product's cycle of production, from the raw material to its consumption.
One of the legacies of Apartheid is the creation of the culture of consumption where people are programmed to be consumers of what has beed produced outside their communities. In addition to this, where people have to be involved in structures of productions they must do so by spending a lot of time on the road, travelling and leaving very little time for family interactions. This has a very negative effect on children who need the support and guidance of their parents or primary caregivers to be functional and successful in life.