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Bo Kaap's urban renewal begs questions about gentrification in the CBD

Cape Town has become a hub for economic development and urban renewal in the city centre.

But the private sale of a property in areas such as Bo-Kaap has begged the question: is the all the urban planning happening at the expense of dispossessed Cape Town residents?

CEO of Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana says that gentrification remains a major concern in the city.

She says that, historically, the property market in the CBD has often either been segregated or completely affordable.

According to Makalima-Ngewana, the ideal middle-ground is a mixed market where all levels of affordability are provided for.

Achieving a mixed property market will require community conversations, incentives and strategic solutions for the private and public sector, Makalima-Ngewana explains.

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