“Now you know that you can make a change in someone’s life.”
Gail Johnstone – Pelican Park, Western Cape
Second to Gauteng in size, the Western Cape is home to a unique ethnic mix of cultures, which sets it apart from the other provinces in South Africa.
Cape Town, the capital city of the Western Cape, is the hub of many multicultural activities and offers beautiful mountain views as well as seascapes. However, the city’s urban landscape still bears the very clear outlines of Apartheid’s spatial planning. Many parts of the city still show the consequences of forced removals and reallocation to areas outside of the urban hub.
These arrangements have caused a barrier to entry for many Western Cape residents as resources and viable economic opportunities are often inaccessible. In an attempt to be closer to opportunities many residents find themselves living in informal settlements or renting makeshift structures in the backyards of more formal houses on the periphery of Cape Town.
The Western Cape is often a place of contradictions as it offers so much variety, but it often seems that the options are not always equally accessible to all of its residents.
Habitat for Humanity South Africa currently works with partners in four communities in the Western Cape:
- Bardale, Mfuleni
- Pelican Park
- Phola Park Informal Settlement
- Khayelitsha Informal Settlement