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Can transport speak to development?

Here we recap eight of the main ideas of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) for transit-oriented development.

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Voices of the City: Cyril Naicker

This week we hear from Cyril Naicker, the creative director of CT inVogue. Naicker is currently developing MyVogue Africa – a fashion reality series.

Members of Social Justice Coalition (SJC), Treatment Action Campaign, Ndifuna Ukwazi and Equal Education marching through the Cape Town CBD earlier this year to celebrate the release of the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry’s findings and recommendations. Photo by Barbara Maregele.

Apartheid geography and murder in Cape Town

Class and race inequality (meaning disparities in wealth, income and education) are vital to understanding murder. Related to this is geographic apartheid, meaning historical (and today’s) “dumping” of the poorest and most vulnerable people furthest away from CBDs and traditionally white suburbs.

Photography by: Faith in a Jar

Voices of the City: Siphe Messive Tebeka

This week, we hear from Gugulethu resident and up and coming Dj, Siphe Messive Tebeka. He however does not wish to be known as a Dj, but rather a young Dance music phenomenon. He has been working on the scene and giving the masses music in the genre of Electro, Deep and Tribal House, Dub Step and Rave. Most recent of his achievements is having gone to play at one of the biggest music events in the world under the Bridges for Music initiative. There he got to mingle with the likes of Steve Aioki and Skrillex. He is most certainly one to keep an eye out for.

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If Mayors Ruled the World

Many mayors are impressive figures and time appears to be on their side. Nation states (particularly the large ones) have an increasingly hard time and, in the context of a process of globalization, cities, and particularly small city-states, increasingly emerge victorious. Cities have first-hand experience with many of the things that occur in globalization’s wake, such as immigration and cultural and religious diversity, and are generally less dogmatic and more practical in dealing with them.

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Voices of the City: Anja van der Spuy

Voices of the City is a new, weekly feature that spotlights the everyday lives of our citizens, living and working in the city. By asking the same five questions to all our interviewees, we discover not only how our experiences of differ, but also what we share. It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse [...]

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6 questions on urban agriculture: A #CityTalk review

In last week’s #CityChat with This Big City, we discussed the reinvention of urban agriculture. We take a look at what you thought.

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Should Cities be Built to Make People Happy

Is paradise a large metropolis? As city dwellers, we’re prone to believing that the good life is found on a desolate beach far from the cacophony of any urban environment. Cities, to their credit however, actually make us much happier than we might otherwise believe.

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The Openheid State: From closed to open society in Cape Town

In Cape Town, apartheid is set in stone and poured in concrete. Michelle Provoost investigates the origins of the apartheid city and how we might navigate towards an open city.

Journalist, Caryn Gootkin.

Voices of the City: Caryn Gootkin

This week, we hear from Cape Town resident, Caryn Gootkin. Gootkin read law at Trinity Hall College, Cambridge and later became an attorney. Gootkin left the legal profession in 2009 and now works as a writer and copy-editor. She writes a regular column for The Media Online and serves on the board of directors of The Big Issue South Africa.