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By describing the important role of Shebeens in the informal settlements of Cape Town, Bronwyn Kotzen challenges our binary conception of the formal and informal city and prompts us to develop new ways of theorising and practicing planning and governance in African cities.

Vanessa Watson and Babatunde Agbola discuss how the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) hopes to transform the continent's planning paradigm starting with the professional education system.

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Cape Town needs strategies to densify the centre

To help solve the problems of its dense peripheral regions, Cape Town needs increase residential densities in the inner suburbs to give more residents a chance to benefit from the jobs and services they provide.

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  5. Partial housing solutions: one step forward or one step back?

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