How Johannesburg’s suburban elites maintain apartheid inequities


How Johannesburg’s suburban elites maintain apartheid inequities

By hoarding taxes and undercutting development boundaries, developers and owners have undermined the city

Benjamin H Bradlow

Days before his death ( in July, ANC mayor of Johannesburg Geoff Makhubo wrote an article ( responding to critics of the city’s managers. The critics said Johannesburg is in decline and falling apart ( He emphasised the legacies of apartheid in the continuing inequality in SA’s “city of gold”.

His short essay envisioned a future Johannesburg as “a site where one tax base for one city will be used to ensure that people ... know they have as good a chance of success regardless of whether they are from Diepsloot or nearby Fourways”.

It would be absurd to argue against the view that apartheid bequeathed SA a highly unequal society ( But to identify the historical roots of injustice is quite different to identifying how it is reproduced or reduced...

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