The CPLO hosted a Roundtable discussion at the Parish Centre next to the CPLO offices, on the subject of ‘Segregated Spaces’ – the persistence of racially-defined residential spaces in the post-Apartheid era. Two speakers led the discussion, the Western-Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela, and Ndifuna Ukwazi researcher, Gavin Silber. The discussion was quite robust but was engaged in a good spirit. In planning the discussion, the aim was to discuss the wider issue of segregation in all South African spaces, but because of the nature of the panel of speakers, much of the discourse focused on issues of land use and spatial planning in the city of Cape Town. One of the most important outcomes of the discussion was that CPLO had provided a safe space for political leadership to meet and engage thoroughly with citizens, and to account to them satisfactorily about decisions that affect their lives.
L-R: Mr Gavin Silver, Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela, and Fr Peter-John Pearson (Director, CPLO)