That was the first step in building towards the first Open Streets day in Langa on 12 October and thisyear we are going back to see if the seed that was planted has grown.
As you might know, Langa was established in 1927 and is Cape Town's oldest township. Despite the real challenges it faces today, Langa is a vibrant community with a wide array of offerings. From restaurants where traditional African delights may be enjoyed, and shops teaching how to make African beadwork and pottery, to cozy bed and breakfasts and jazz performers, Langa is a great example of how local communities can unravel their potential and become beacons of light for all South Africans.
The Langa Quarter, Tony Elvin's brainchild, highlights how social enterprise can maximize the use of public open space while mobilising local residents to put Langa on the Mother City's tourist map. Tony describes how design is a problem solving enabler, and how creating a sustainable idea like The Langa Quarter will unlock the potential that exists in this community. Indeed, building a creative collaboration of local residents; and initiatives like World Design Capital; Open Streets; and you the general public, we can all live, design, and transform life together.
Join the Open Streets team while we walk and talk about the streets of Lanaga, what makes them unique, how the Langa Quarter is making a positive impact on public open space, and what opportunities WDC2014 will bring to the people of Langa.
When: Saturday 22 February, 2014 at 14:00
Where: ikhaya le Langa - Corner Ndabeni and Rubusana streets Langa