Cape Town – The Mother City of Inequality

Cape Town – The Mother City of Inequality

By Dick ForslundThe City of Cape Town is proudly proclaimed in travel brochures as the Mother City – a place of great historical importance, the mother which welcomed a free Nelson Mandela. There is tarnish on this hallowed image – that of a city nibbling away at the...
Lacking Resources?

Lacking Resources?

By Dick ForslundA recent report to South African Cities Network shows how much of incomes households pay in property rates water and electricity supply, and solid waste and sanitation. Low income households pay 10 to 20 percentage points more of their total incomes to...

Interview: Alderman Marion Nieuwoudt, City of Cape Town

Special Ratings Areas (SRAs) are areas in which residents pay extra rates for organizing extra services. If initiators get majority support from 50+1% of the rate paying property owners, all must pay. The rates are collected by the municipality and then paid back to...