Urban Forum

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

  • Caroline NewtonEmail author


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 events Beautification processes Cape Town Slum eradication Urban development Breaking new ground 



The author wishes to acknowledge the Flemish Inter-University Council of Belgium (VLIR–IUC) for their financial support, which helped to realise this research and the referees for their helpful notes and critiques.


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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

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