Open streets

2019-02-28 06:00
Hundreds of people took a stroll along King Langalibalele Drive during the Open Streets event in Langa on Sunday. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Hundreds of people took a stroll along King Langalibalele Drive during the Open Streets event in Langa on Sunday. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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One of Langa’s busiest streets, King Langalibalele Drive, previously known as Washington Drive, was partially shut down on Sunday as hundreds of people descended into the neighbourhood, for this year’s edition of the Open Streets Festival.

The festival is designed to increase the use of streets as public spaces and to help bridge the social and spatial divides in different communities around Cape Town.

Despite the scorching heat, hundreds of revellers from different backgrounds, including music groups like marimba players and muscled body-builders, entertained the crowd.

There was also an opportunity for aspiring business people to showcase their trades.

Rebecca Campbell, one of the organisers said they wanted to create an inclusive car free space for communities to enjoy, and to connect people from different backgrounds..

“Open Streets Langa achieved this and showed the potential that streets have. Open Streets locations are chosen based on a long list of criteria, including the suitability of the road network for traffic management.

“We are considering broadening the Open Streets to reach other townships too. Our dream is to create a network of Open Streets across the City,” she said.

Zone 7 resident Akhona Nompunga described the event as fun and entertaining.

“I’m here to socialise and have fun. The atmosphere is great.

There are people from all walks of life and we are enjoying ourselves,” she said adding that she wishes that it can be a quarterly event. Lauraine White from the Netherlands, who is in the country on holiday, described the event as “very entertaining”.

“It’s my second time coming to South Africa but my first time to be in the township. I find the event very nice and people are happy and dancing,” she said.

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