Africa is coming to the cape

John Western

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At the southern tip of Africa, culmination of one of the world's great population shifts is there for the witnessing: a southward movement of Bantu-speaking Black Africans, previously stalled in South Africa's Eastern Cape first by climatic factors and later by European-imposed racial segregation. Cape Town, throughout its demographic history a "Coloured" and "White" city, is now Africanizing. Liberation from apartheid has brought rapid African influx, and the metropolitan population has more than doubled in less than twenty years. Sociocultural tensions and sociocultural possibilities ensue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-640
Number of pages24
JournalGeographical Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2001


  • Africa
  • Cape Town
  • Demographic change
  • Migration
  • Racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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