Category: Future Cities

Where are the real discussions?

Given the historical and political nature of gang violence and gangsterism in general in the Western Cape, debates should not only be on service delivery alone but rather on its negative impact on the socio-economic development on disadvantaged communities, particularly, ‘Coloured’ and ‘Black’ areas.  …

Cape Town’s environmentally unclean townships are a burden for Black Women

Dirty and sewage overflowing Cape Town townships are an unhealthy social and mental existence for black people. The apartheid policies of differentiated spatial development created and continue to perpetuate unhealthy and dangerous living conditions for black people and their children –and they affect black women’s…

Joburg and Accra: a tale of two giant cities

Johannesburg and Accra represent two very different versions of a contemporary African city. Lesley Lokko looks at their slow climb up the urban food chain. Like it or not, we measure the success (or failure) of cities according to broad principles of urban culture inherited…