Monthly Archives: September 2013

Staging difference at Princess Vlei. “You can bet they struck a deal at the vlei” (Part 1)
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Staging difference at Princess Vlei. “You can bet they struck a deal at the vlei” (Part 1)

Henrik Ernstson takes a look at a cultural mobilization against a backdrop of contestation in one part of Cape Town. This Saturday, on September 28, 2013, Emile YX? and his multiple crews of dancers and rappers will again mobilize to stop a shopping mall from being built at Princess Vlei, a park and wetland in […]

Alternative campaigning in Cape Town’s 2011 municipal elections
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Alternative campaigning in Cape Town’s 2011 municipal elections

By Jonathan Silver What do communities do if politician after politician fails to deliver their election promises of new homes, electricity supply or clean water. In 2011 I joined activists in Cape Town who are articulating a new response to the crisis of service delivery in the city.     It is early on Saturday […]

Cityscapes: An urban magazine from the global South
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Cityscapes: An urban magazine from the global South

By Henrik Ernstson How to think cities anew? When what we are seeing are not new Londons, Parises, New-Yorks or even Tokyos growing, we need to start re-thinking what urbanization and urbanism is about. New Cityscapes issue #3 out. Speaking from the south on ‘Smart Cities’. This is when we need a magazine like Cityscapes. Started in 2011 […]

Royal Geography Society conference 2013
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Royal Geography Society conference 2013

Jonathan Silver co-organised and presented a paper at three linked sessions on ‘The contested politics of urban electricity networks: Insights from urban infrastructure studies’ This included a number of papers from African cities including Accra and Maputo This session is aimed at unpacking the ongoing politics across electricity networks in cities. It aims at drawing […]