After apartheid, Cape Town remained a city of islands: social, cultural and economic divisions are the rule. This has long undermined city-wide collective organizing and solidarity. The severe COVID19 lockdown and the goverment response aggravated the situation for many inhabitants. But an unprecedented community-led response to the crisis spread city-wide (locally, and through networks). Interpersonal relationships based on trust are the key to such an admirable response.
Photo: Rowan Heuvel