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Has economic regeneration in the CBD led to gentrification?

9 February 2016 8:12 AM

Is economic development and urban renewal in the city centre happening at the expense of dispossessed Cape Town residents?

Is economic development and urban renewal in the city centre happening at the expense of dispossessed Cape Town residents?

This question comes ahead of the 50 year commemoration of the forced evictions at District Six.

CEO of Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana says that discussions around the redevelopment of District Six and surrounding areas have to be sensitive to the context.

Meanwhile, Future Cape Town's Rashiq Fataar said that the effects of development in any part of Cape Town are always extreme due to inequality and a history of spatial violence.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

Regenerating an area does not necessarily lead to gentrification.

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO of Cape Town Partnership

Your public spaces must be places of social cohesion were everyone is invited to participate to ensure economic and social inclusion.

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, CEO of Cape Town Partnership

Gentrification is such a loaded term, we've used to describe everything from neighbourhood renewal, new buildings to private and public developments.

Rashiq Fataar, MD of Future Cape Town

The reality is that Cape Town has specific context and we have the highest income inequality in the world.

Rashiq Fataar, MD of Future Cape Town

9 February 2016 8:12 AM

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