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By Deborah Potts, Deborah Fahy Bryceson

Are Africa's such a lot populous and economically dominant towns a strength to reckon with within the twenty-first century? This publication analyzes the economies of East and Southern Africa's 'apex' towns, probing how they've got altered structurally over the years and their present resources of financial energy and vulnerability at neighborhood, nationwide and foreign degrees. Case examine chapters targeting Johannesburg, Chitungwiza, Gaborone, Maputo, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Nairobi, Kampala and Mogadishu shed new mild on modern African city clients and difficulties.

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The telling signs were that the TDF’s leadership avoided referendums on key issues and continually delayed calling elections in the hope of prolonging their reign of power. Rakodi (Chapter 5) shows how clientelist relations of an exclusive nature based on ethnic distrust saddled infrastructural development in Mombasa. In Gaborone, greater levels of trust, common purpose and financial capability gave impetus to successful public/private partnerships (Chapter 12). To ease the city’s housing shortage, the government allowed private infrastructural development beginning in 1979.

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These historical sores combine with the insecurities of relatively recent urbanites who retain identification with their rural birthplaces. In these contexts, the demographic balance between migrants and indigents of the city is economically and politically contestable. Fragile Cities 29 Ethnic friction and violence In spite of the racially charged history of the region, several of the apex cities have long-established multi-ethnic and multi-racial traditions. Cape Town was a liberal, multi-racial city under British rule between 1806 and 1910, but was undermined by the implementation of South Africa’s apartheid policies.

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