Weekly urban news roundup: April 18, 2014

Cairo bomb attacks a regularity A second homemade bomb targeting security officials exploded in central Cairo, Egypt’s capital, late Tuesday. – Al Arabiya. Benghazi residents have had enough  Angry Benghazi residents blocked streets and torched tyres on Thursday for a second day to protest a deadly car bombing in the heart of the city. – … Continued

Citizenship on the urban edge: separated by space

“Molweni,” said an old man as he entered the Quantum taxi after flagging it down on a street crawling with activity somewhere between the Site C taxi rank and the exit road from Khayelitsha. The greeting prompted appropriate responses from the seated passengers. It was late on a Friday afternoon and the sidewalk he’d been … Continued

Cape Town’s eastern fast food scene

“How are you?” I ask the man behind the counter, who wears a smile as wide as his belly, at the Eastern Food Bazaar, a fast food joint in a corridor between Longmarket and Darling Street in the heart of Cape Town. “Ey, I’m tired!” is his response. “Tell me you at least get a … Continued

Weekly urban news round up: April 04, 2014

This week’s headlines on cities across the continent

Urban news roundup: March 22, 2014

The week’s headlines from across the continent.

Public art infects Cape Town

Infecting the City hit Cape Town last week. Christy Zinn reports on how the public art festival raises questions about citizenship and belonging in the mother city.

7 March 2014 Weekly Urban News Round-Up

The week’s headlines from around the continent.

Africa is Now

The presence of some of the world’s most established designers, architects, innovators and artists was a highlight for exhibitors at Cape Town’s 2014 Design Indaba Expo that took place over the weekend at the city’s International Conference Centre. With over 200 new exhibitors taking part, among them selected local “emerging creatives” and African international innovators, … Continued

Weekly urban news roundup: February 21, 2014

The week’s headlines

The fight for Philippi

The Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA), a mere twenty-minute drive southwest of Cape Town’s city centre, is a historically agricultural area that in recent years has come under much contestation regarding its future prospects. The land in question is intensively farmed and produces over 50 percent of vegetables consumed in the city. It is being threatened … Continued