Cape town

Post-apartheid city?

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Cities worldwide compete for the attraction of investors, tourists and media attention. In these terms, Cape Town has been the most successful city on the African continent. The Cape is a destination of longing for affluent cosmopolitans, sun worshiping tourists and digital nomads from all over the world.

Economically, this is a stroke of luck. But at the same time, there are only few places where the selectivity of globalization is as strong as here whilst the effects of apartheid are still visible.

Episode 1
Tourism and gentrification in the inner city: The Future of Bo-Kaap

By Vimbai Beritah Chinembiri and John Namalenga Jnr.

Bo Kaap is a neighbourhood that stands out as one of the best tourist attraction areas in Cape Town. People from across the world flock in to gaze at the beautifully painted houses, learn the history and take Instagram pictures – a development which has the potential of making most residents homeless.

Episode 2
The water crisis: A Capetonian’s plans to stay current

By Karen Mwendera and Zanji Sinkala

At the beginning of 2018, Cape Town faced the worst drought scare in recorded history. Having survived Day Zero with dam levels increasing and community efforts to consume less water each day, are residents still safe from sinking?

Episode 3
What’s democracy without land: The fight for land in Western Cape

By Kayleen Morgan and Madlenkosi Chinula

Philippi horticultural area or (PHA), home to small-scale farmers for decades has unique land including the last refresh area for Cape Town’s aquifer. The PHA has been an area of contestation between food and farming rights campaigners, who’ve been in a long standing battle over the zoning of their land by property developers, and the City of Cape Town.

Episode 4
Urban development vs food security: Where does your food come from?

By Kennedy Nyavaya and Paulo Mendes

More than 70% of the vegetables consumed in Cape Town come from Phillipi Horticultural Area’s (most known as PHA) massive 3000 hectare farmland situated just over 20 kilometers from the CBD. Most of this produce is fresh and affordable owing to its close proximity to the city. But, do the people of Cape Town know where a huge part of their meals come from? And, are they aware that imminent urban development on these farms is about to jeopardize their food security?

Episode 5
Water Crisis and Tourism: Lesson learned?

By Gracious Mulinga and Heggar Maviza

The city of Capetown welcomes 1.2 million visitors per year. Visitors are asked to use water sparingly due to the water crisis which resulted from a drought in the years 2017 and 2018. Have you ever wondered what impact the crisis made or is still making to the number of tourists coming to the city?

It’s now more than a year after the much dreaded Day Zero was averted, but there are still signs encouraging people to use water sparingly. Should visitors cancel their trips to Cape Town? Well, the best way to find out is going to Table Mountain, one of the busiest tourist spots in Capetown.

Episode 6
How gentrification pushes the less fortunate out of their homes in Woodstock

By Lebogang Mokoena, Goodhope Praygod Amani and Kudakwashe Mushauri

The rising rentals in once family-oriented Woodstock is pushing out the less fortunate families and unfairly making room for middle class families. The Cissie Gool occupation that was the Old Woodstock hospital is now a symbol of resilience within the global fight against gentrification and displacement.

This multimedia documentary is part of the 2018/19 training cycle of the "Young African Journalists' Accelerator Program" (YAJAP) facilitated by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation South Africa and JournAfrica!.