Cape Town

A foreshore of the future

An unfinished highway stub on Cape Town's foreshore

Icons or eyesores? These are just two ways of seeing the unfinished flyovers of Cape Town’s Foreshore, and for decades people have debated their limits and possibilities – and those of the Foreshore more generally. What is Cape Town’s sense of the space? The Cape Town Partnership explores the history and potential of this desolate, windswept part of the city. Continued…

April 15, 2014

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Rediscovering our Shared Humanity: Infecting the City 2014

Neo Muyanga’s choral adaption, “Thoriso le Morusu”, based on Antjie Krog’s poem, “Country of Grief and Grace”, and performed by Muyanga and the Simon Estes Alumni Choir.

Central Cape Town was alive with music, colour and unexpected encounters during the Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, presented by the Africa Centre, from the 10-15 March. We mused over the role of public art in bringing together the people of our brittle and ever-changing city. Continued…

March 20, 2014

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How do we encourage citizen-led change in Cape Town?

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What does it mean to be an active citizen? How can we encourage this in the creative industries and beyond? These were some of the questions asked at our most recent Creative Clusters dialogue. We reflect on the event and some of the lessons learned. Continued…

March 19, 2014

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Wearing (and writing) Cape Town

Toast Coetzer

Band frontman, travel writer and poet, Toast Coetzer reflects on the idea of being made in Cape Town for this February 2014 edition of MoloContinued…

February 19, 2014

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Change maker Josette Cole

Josette Cole

To start off our new series featuring ordinary citizens who have made a difference to the people and city of Cape Town, Molo meets with longstanding activist and director of local urban NGO the Development Action Group, Josette Cole, as part of the Made in Cape Town edition.


February 18, 2014

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How we’re putting people first, digitally

App slides

The Cape Town Partnership talks about “putting people first” in its work. What does this mean for you, digitally speaking? A new intuitive website that is big on fresh, relevant content and user experience, and one mobile app aimed specifically at the creative industries. Digital coordinator Alan Cameron gives you the low-down. Continued…

February 12, 2014

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The story of clothes in Cape Town


In many ways the story of the city’s textile and clothing industry is also the story of its women. Ambre Nicolson captures the short version for Molo‘s Made in Cape Town edition.  Continued…

February 11, 2014

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Made in Cape Town: young and free?

Born-frees in Cape Town during an interview

This year, for the first time in a national election, the so called “born free” generation will have the chance to vote. Molo asked seven young people, all born in 1994, about their hopes and fears for the future.


February 10, 2014

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Five things you didn’t know you could do in Paarden Eiland

The Tablecloth Hiring Company, photo by Lisa Burnell

Paarden Eiland, that little spit of land snuggled between the harbour and the N2, certainly punches above its weight when it comes to the variety of business and services on offer. Here are a couple of things you may not have known about this small but powerful manufacturing hub that neighbours the central city. Continued…

February 10, 2014

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Cape Town in 50 objects

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In 2011, director of the British Museum Neil MacGregor published A History of the World in 100 Objects – a challenge that greatly intrigued the creators of Molo. If we had to choose just 50 objects to show the depth and breadth of Cape Town’s history, what would they be? For the November/December 2013 edition, we tried our hand at this act of careful (but also playful) curation. What objects would you put on this kind of list, and why? Here’s our selection. Continued…

January 20, 2014

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