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Racial segregation persists in Overstrand

Stats SA identified the Overstrand Municipality as the most racially segregated municipality in the country.

These findings are based on Theil’s entropy index and applied to Census 2011 data, and was published in the latest General Household Survey for the period 2002 to 2014.

According to a Stats SA blog on the subject, the most racially integrated city in the country is Johannesburg, followed by Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and then Cape Town.

“If we look beyond the six largest cities and consider all 234 local municipalities, Overstrand Municipality is the most racially segregated, according to the General Household Survey report,” the blog reads.

In a recent article by Max du Preez, he described how city planning in South Africa has continued the racial segregation legacy of apartheid, 22 years after the fact.

Theo Krynauw of Sparklekidz has been outspoken for the need to accommodate the black middle class in the Overstrand.

He said he is convinced that if mindsets are not changed and the “us and them” mentality goes unaddressed, the Overstrand could face serious problems.

“If we are to stand any chance at all of a future in our country, we will have to establish models of middle class accommodations, where all sectors of the community can live together. Not on the fringes of townships and previous segregated areas, but a visible, mutually value-driven middle class.”

Krynauw argues that in the Overstrand, there is a choice between continuing with the RDP roll-out and planning mentality, or alternative suburban areas for a non-segregated middle class consisting of people from all parts of the community who have a vested interest in preserving the Overstrand.

“Instead of having it so good for a few, let’s work our backsides off to include as many as possible in the wonder of the Overstrand,” he added.

“History and case studies all over the world confirms this.”

In its Spacial Growth Management Strategy of 2010, the Overstrand Municipality identifies densification as one of the methods to achieve social cohesion.

The Hermanus Times sent questions to the OM on how town planning is addressing this matter, but did not receive a response before going to print.

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