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CLIP 520

Cape Town: a city of contrasts

Cape Town: a city of contrasts

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Key Info
  • Cape Town: a city of contrasts
  • Duration: 03:12
  • An introduction to contrasts in Cape Town. Trade is responsible for the development of the city of Cape Town. The city is a playground for the wealthy few, while the majority of residents live in sprawling townships located around the perimeter. We meet a black family who live in a township. The family migrated from the countryside during the apartheid years when a pass was required to enter Cape Town. The family's house is self-built and spartan, but it does have essential services. The mother describes her aspirations for her children.
  • Subject:



    Urban: Settlements

  • Keywords: South Africa, Africa, LEDC, urban, residential, squatter camp, shanty town, township, migration, rural-urban migration, urbanisation, development
Ideas for use in class
  • Consider getting students to identify an example of a township using maps/internet. How do they compare with wealthy residential areas? Try searching for examples of township tours. Would students take part in these tours? It is important to stress that conditions in many townships are improving.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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