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October 2001 Issue
The Geographical Review
October 2001, Vol. 91 (4), pp. 617-640
Africa is Coming to the Cape
Keywords: Africa, Cape Town, demographic change, migration, racism.
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.