Somewhere, over the Rainbow: Cape Town, South Africa, as a “Gay Destination”

  • Glen S. Elder


South Africa’s formerly isolated apartheid urban spaces are now integrated into an increasingly globalized network. As nodes of service provision, the mostly former “white only” parts of Johannesburg and Cape Town are a cause célèbre, particularly for those who inhabit these now neoliberal, still-pretty white quarters. In other parts of these cities, the effects of global processes and connections are less celebrated. Bluntly put: Early in the 21th century low-income South Africans [will] face an urban existence worse off in many ways than before 1994. Overwhelmed, too, by a “homegrown” macroeconomic structural adjustment program—including the highest interest rates ever, massive pressure to cut state spending, deregulation, privatization, trade and financial liberalization, and the deindustrialization of large parts of the manufacturing sector—South Africa’s cities [will] take an ever greater burden of the pain associated with the growing global economic crisis. (Bond 2000: 363)


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