(October 2012) Abstract submission YA Meeting on Resilience, 2013: Sustainable urban neighbourhood development and the complexity of crime prevention in Cape Town's urban periphery
This paper draws on continuing doctoral research in seeking to address some pertinent questions related to post-apartheid urban development policy in Cape Town and the governance of the City’s still marginalised former townships where crime prevention has been identified as one of the priority development objectives (City of Cape Town, 2012). Within the theoretical framework of systems theory and complexity, the exposure of violent crime as a wicked problem, requiring innovative solutions, supports the argument for contextually based analysis, highlighting the importance of a localised case study investigation as to the ways in which neoliberal governance and urban renewal policies in Cape Town attempt to tackle fundamental social and economic problems, acknowledged as the primary motivators of violence and crime.
Failure to adequately transfer the benefits of successful pilot projects threatens the very broad based implementation that is required to bridge the divide between Cape Town’s core economy and its alienated urban areas, thereby making a deeper understanding of those aspects that most threaten the transferability of successful urban interventions, targeting the situational, social and institutional elements associated with crime prevention and the creation of resilient communities, all the more important.
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