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Urban change during the political transition in South Africa: the case of Cape Town

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dc.contributor.author Saff GR en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T06:35:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T06:35:57Z
dc.date.submitted 1996 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/5821
dc.description.abstract Argues that the political transition in South Africa was ultimately a product of the ruling party seeking a way to restore the accumulation process without sacrificing access to the main levers of economic power. The political fragmentation that accompanied the transition process signaled a new turn in South Africa's urban history. For the first time the legal desegregation of South African cities became a possibility for those with the means to take advantage of this situation. At the same time a limited number of informal settlements were established in the previously "white" suburbs. Given the negotiated nature of the political transition it is unlikely that the new state will let this latter process continue. The urban processes that occurred during the political transition, particularly the siting of informal settlements within affluent "white" suburbs, offer some very important lessons for planners concerned with promoting social equity. First, planners should be careful to make sure that the ends that they think are desirable are both supported and understood by their client community and that they do not cause long term harm to that community. Second, in their quest for social justice, planners have to carefully weigh whether they have the right to support an undemocratic planning process which ignores the wishes of the majority of the residents of a given area. They have to remain mindful of the fact that whatever the wider social benefits to society at large, individuals, often through no fault of their own, are being asked to pay the costs (both financial and social) of their designs. This raises the important question of to what extent planners concerned with promoting social equity have the right to expect individuals to pay social restitution for societal ills. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Political science en
dc.subject General en
dc.title Urban change during the political transition in South Africa: the case of Cape Town en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree D Phil en

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