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17 nov

Long live the Bo-Kaap!


Skilled craftsmen, cobble-stoned streets, colourful houses and mouth-watering cuisineyes, we’re talking Bo-Kaap!

Thanks to efforts by the City of Cape Town the character of this vibrant area on the slopes of  Signal Hill will be preserved for generations to come.

Residents are excited about plans to develop this famous Cape Town landmark into a National Heritage Overlay Zone. The City of Cape Town’s new zoning scheme dictates the conservation of the architectural and historical fabric of a specific area – in this case, the beautiful Bo-Kaap,

So developers, be warned: no high-risers anywhere near these cobble-stoned streets! The City’s plans mean that all future developments – whether it be renovations or erecting new buildings – will be in line with the over-arching look and feel of the Bo-Kaap.

City Bowl ward councillor Dave Bryant says the area’s rich cultural history  is one of the main reasons why the City plans to develop this area into a National Heritage Overlay Zone.

The Bo Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarter, is not only the birthplace of Islam in South Africa but also the place where some of the earliest Afrikaans was written and spoken.

Residents who spoke to Smile 90.4FM about the City’s plans say they will support whatever ensures that the heart and soul of their beloved Bo-Kaap, be protected and preserved.


PHOTO: Nicolene de Wee

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