A day of quite a bit of drama in our politics, CPLO held a Roundtable in Johannesburg. It was previously supposed to be at Trinity House, Braamfontein, but due to all the mayhem around that area at that time, it was moved to the Cathedral in Berea. Speaking at the roundtable were the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Andries Nel, and Professor of Sociology at UCT, Owen Crankshaw. The Deputy Minister has done work on the Government’s Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF), which was developed to “manage the scale and growth of South African cities and towns”. Professor Crankshaw has done a lot of work on spatial development and segregation/integration of urban spaces, and in this case focused on Gauteng and the very interesting changes that have taken place there, and pointing out that many people’s perception that South Africa has not changed was not strictly true. One thing is certain, South Africa has come a long way in dealing with many of the issues of segregation in and of public spaces, but it is also quite clear the country still has a very long way to go. The following day, there was a Radio Veritas interview on the RT issue, it was a good interview covering some of the more ethical, and moral issues around our segregated spaces.
L-R: Fr Peter-John Pearson (Director, CPLO), Mr Andries Nel, and Prof Owen Crankshaw
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