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Title: Privatising public space in post-apartheid South African cities through neighbourhood enclosures
Authors: Landman, K
Keywords: Enclosed neighbourhoods
Gated communities
South African cities
Public space
Spatial fragmentation
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Citation: Landman, K. 2006. Privatising public space in post-apartheid South African cities through neighbourhood enclosures. GeoJournal, Vol 66(1-2), pp 133-146
Abstract: In the past five years the numbers of enclosed neighbourhoods have significantly increased in South Africa. These are existing neighbourhoods that are closed off through gates and booms across the roads. Many of these neighbourhoods are fenced or walled off as well, with a limited number of controlled entrances/exits, manned by security guards in some cases. The roads within these neighbourhoods were previously, or still are public property and in most cases the local council is still responsible for public services to the community within the enclosed neighbourhoods. In this way public urban space is privatised, whether formally or informally. I will explore the distribution of enclosed neighbourhoods in South Africa on a national scale and within two metropolitan municipalities, viz., the Cities of Johannesburg and Tshwane. Then I proceed to highlight the nature and impact of these neighbourhoods on the privatisation of public space and draw on a wide basis of empirical data obtained through a national survey and in-depth case studies. Finally I will conclude with examples of lessons learnt from South Africa and how these may relate to international experience and future research on gated communities.
Description: Copyright: 2006 Springer Netherlands
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2627
ISSN: 0343-2521
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