edges // cape town


Cape Town, South Africa is a city battling its way out of a past marred in segregation. Today, the city, cradled between a sweeping ocean and a mystical mountain range, is challenged by the remnants of apartheid. With social, economic, and political barriers, Cape Town faces divides between white, black and coloured, between wealthy and impoverished, and between those who see a way forward and those who don't. 
The following is a series of 10 stories exploring how Cape Town's post-apartheid legacy is impacting art, entrepreneurship, and urban space across the city. From a formerly imprisoned activist that faced four life sentences with Nelson Mandela, to a rising rapper trying to achieve holiness in a city that breathes inspiration yet provides unequal opportunity, we discovered a mix of passion and frustration that we want to share with you.
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~Sami Lachgar, Nicholas Byrne, and David Doochin


That’s why I’m doing this book. I tell the stories of the township. I’m not trying to change anything. I’m not trying to change people. It’s up to that particular person if they want to change.
— Luntu Vumazonke (artist)


So the racial divisions come from that and are by-products or leftovers from apartheid that are perpetuated through the economy. And they just show up like that in our music scene because [it] is still young and not yet developed into something that can fend for itself.
— Dada Shiva (musician)



Racism is not dead. Racism remains in the minds of people who fear change, who fear giving up absolute or relative privilege.
— Denis Goldberg (activist)


I wanted to create a space where there was a platform for social integration [and] to provide a place where there could be a cultural mix, a place bringing people of all walks of life together.
— Anthony Stroebel (founder)


It’s not a matter of just telling the story of, ‘Oh, we moved out in 1968.’ You have to tell them what actually happened. How people’s lives were destroyed. The very present day scenario that has been enacted in those townships is a direct result of your apartheid legacy.
— Joe Schaffers (former District Six resident)


Cape Town will be known to be a city of hope. Where there used to be no hope for many, where people felt there there is a lot of segregation — it will become the type of city that brings about possibilities
— Marlon Parker (founder)