CAPE TOWN 2005
In the summer of 2003, Laurie Taylor travelled to Cape Town in South Africa to learn from social scientists about the seamier side of this celebrated tourist spot.
He explored what life was really like in places such as the windswept Cape Flats, which were dominated by murderous gangs, and visited District Six, a vast barren tract of land at the foot of Table Mountain.
Laurie explored the major issues the people of Cape Town faced in every day life such as violence, policing, HIV and AIDS and employment. He discovered that the end of apartheid had both inspired and dashed the hopes of many whilst providing a backdrop to every social issue.
As part of Radio 4's A Day in Africa, and with the help of three distinguished academics Ruth Hall , Professor Robin Cohen and Professor Wilfried Schärf, Laurie Taylor retraces his steps and analyses the changes that have taken place regarding crime and violence, land reform and intellectual life.
Researcher at PLAAS (Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies), University of the Western Cape and author of Land and agrarian reform in South Africa
Land and agrarian reform in South Africa: A status report 2004
Cape Town: Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape
Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick; Formely Dean of Humanities at the University of Cape Town (2001-2003) and Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town in 1996
Associate Professor at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cape Town
Cape Town 2003:
5. Land and poverty
Track title: Manenberg Revisited
Performer: Abdullah Ibrahim
LP title: Water from an ancient well
Record label: Blackhawk BKH 50207
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