Densely populated informal housing has mushroomed in formerly segregated South African townships, attracting migrants who survive on the edges of the economy, excluded from basic services. In the pandemic, they have been even more vulnerable, unable to practice social distancing and forced to continue with marginal work such as scavenging to eke out a living. Drawing on interviews with residents of a Johannesburg settlement, the authors emphasize how urban space structures inequalities in every aspect of everyday life, requiring a new approach to city planning and governance with a focus on justice.
Spatial Injustice in Johannesburg in the Time of COVID-19
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato is a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Department of International Development and a visiting researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society, University of the Witwatersrand.
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Caroline Wanjiku Kihato, Sarah de Villiers, Sumayya Mohamed, Bonolo Mohulatsi; Spatial Injustice in Johannesburg in the Time of COVID-19. Current History 1 May 2021; 120 (826): 178–182. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2021.120.826.178
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