Urban Forum

, 20:93

The Reverse Side of the Medal: About the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the Beautification of the N2 in Cape Town


DOI: 10.1007/s12132-009-9048-y

Cite this article as:
Newton, C. Urban Forum (2009) 20: 93. doi:10.1007/s12132-009-9048-y


This paper aims to show the reverse side of the (football) medal. The N2 gateway project in Cape Town is presented, by government and media, as a ‘flagship’ project of the new Breaking New Ground strategy, to fight the housing backlog of 400,000 houses in the city. But I want to argue that the fast-tracking of the project has to be understood as a beautification strategy to prepare the city for 2010. Massive slum eradication and the construction of ‘beautiful formal housing opportunities’ between the airport and the mother city are becoming a painful reminder of the forced removals under the apartheid regime.


Mega eventsBeautification processesCape TownSlum eradicationUrban developmentBreaking new ground

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture Sint-LucasHogeschool voor Wetenschappen en KunstBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Departement Industriële Wetenschappen en TechnologieErasmus Hogeschool BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Research Group Urban Planning, Department of Engineering SciencesHogeschool GentGhentBelgium