The answers were varied and touched on many different aspects of the vibrant Mother City. Njabulo Ndebele, academic and author of Rediscovery of the Ordinary: Essays on South African Literature and Culture, also answered their question, saying he believes the city will host a multicultural, multinational population by that time. He looks forward to “efficient and cheap public transport” and a densely populated Table Bay area, as well as people who are comfortable with themselves.
Read Ndebele’s answer in full:
In 2050, Cape Town will be a 24-hour city. By then, a multi-cultural, multi-national population, with a strong base of South Africans, will be living in the city centre. An efficient and cheap public transport system will have broken down the spatial, psychological, and imaginative barriers of 2015. Capetonians will enjoy free and secure movement across the entire Table Bay area, pursuing and sharing their varied interests. They will have worked hard to achieve this lifestyle. Maintaining it and building on it will have become one of the self-perpetuating features of a lifestyle built over the past 40 years by Capetonians comfortable with themselves in 2050.
- Rediscovery of the Ordinary: Essays on South African Literature and Culture by Njabulo Ndebele
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