Language Excursion: Building Cities

Author: · January 17. 2014 · Language Excursions

This week we found out more about Building Cities in Cape Town. Our students went for a city walk in the Central Business District (CBD) of Cape Town. It is bounded by Woodstock, District Six, Gardens, the Bo-Kaap, Green Point, the V&A Waterfront and the Port. It includes the historical ‘Old Town’, the East City and the Foreshore.

The second trip was to Langa. The CBD of the future will be Langa, Khayelitsha, Athlone and Manenberg. All of these are currently called townships and were originally on the periphery, that is, the edge of the city. We  learned more about a project in Langa, called: The Langa Quarter. The Langa Quarter imagines Langa as the centre of Cape Town.

At last, we went to Khayelitsha. This is a partially informal township in South Africa, on the outskirts of Cape Town in the Cape Flats. The name is Xhosa for Our New Home and was established in 1985. Today Khayelitsha is home to between 500,000 and 2 million people (although the official City of Cape Town estimate is at 400,000), this is why Khayelitsha is called a ‘city in a city’. Our students visited the Department of Coffee, a coffeeshop located in Khayelitsha.

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