Land, Housing and Spatial information in Cape Town

Cape Town remains stubbornly spatially divided. The legacy of colonialism and apartheid planning has resulted in a sprawling city divided on racial lines. It remains a priority for CTLIP projects to continue exploring how to transform the city. This project focuses on exploring land, housing and spatial transformations in an attempt to help contribute towards realising a more just city.

Mercy Brown-Luthango will continue to work on land availability in Cape Town (with support from Anna Donald). The research will also link to local non-governmental organisations involved in social and spatial integration in Cape Town. A journal article on land in Cape Town will be published in 2019, and a seminar of land in Cape Town will be held.
Through co-funding from the Bosch Foundation (2018-2021), there will also be a PhD student (Alicia Fortuin) and postdoctoral research fellow (in the process of being recruited) working on this theme, with a focus on the implications of socio-spatial inequity for residents and government. Related to this stream of work there is also a small project on youth in marginalised areas, co-funded by the South African National research Foundation. During 2019 an exhibition will be held as part of the youth project and a popular publication will be produced.

Liza Cirolia and Nobukhosi Ngwenya will continue working on tracking socio-spatial transformation in Cape Town, both at the city-wide scale (with a focus on the human settlements programme and municipal finance) and on bottom-up processes (informal land occupations and the repurposing of social infrastructure). One journal article and two seminars are planned for 2019. This work is co-funded through the PEAK Urban project and will continue until 2021.

Photo by: Stockexchange.

Project members

  • Liza Cirolia

    Liza Cirolia works as Brown Bag seminar co-ordinator and coordinates the Sustainable Human Settlements CityLab

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  • Mercy Brown-Luthango

    Mercy Brown-Luthango is Research Officer at the African Centre for Cities, Cape Town.

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Warren Smit

Centrally involved in establishing the Cape Town Local Interaction Platform of Mistra Urban Futures in 2010, and a key part of CTLIP planning, budgeting and reporting ever since. Research on various aspects of urban governance, particularly strategic urban planning and the governance of informal settlements. 

Nobukhosi Ngwenya

Nobukhosi Ngwenya is an Urban Planner and Development Practitioner, pursuing a PhD on informal settlements at the University of Cape Town. Previous experience includes co-founder of One Young World, lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning and media work at Bush Radio in Cape Town.