"I just want to survive"

A comparative study of food courier riders in three African cities.

Recent research conducted with platform workers in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Accra, points to the emergence of a new worker in the digital economy. This new worker is subject to a new business model based on authoritarian algorithmic management. Promising freedom, flexibility, self- employment and shared business ownership (SBO), multinational tech conglomerates claim to be creating new economic opportunities in Africa. However, our study shows a different picture. 

Launch of Report and Opening of Photo Exhibition

Date: 24 March 2022
Time: 16:00
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Launch of Report: On the working conditions of food couriers in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Accra
Prof. Edward Webster and Fikile Masikane

Photo Exhibition: On impressions of the lives of food couriers in Johannesburg
James Oatway 

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