Mitchell's Plain, South Africa, Africa
 
 
Year1970latitude: -34° 2'
longitude: 18° 36'
Period1974-1984
Initiator(s)City of Cape Town
Planning organizationPlanning Department of City of Cape Town
Nationality initiator(s)South Africa
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organizationThe Meyer Louw Partnership
Inhabitants310,485 (2011)
Target population250,000
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Mitchells Plain is a New Town situated 27 kilometres southeast of the central business district of Cape Town in the Cape Flats. Constructed in the 1970s by the City of Cape Town and the South African government with the aim of providing a complete, uplifting residential environment, it was restricted to Coloureds only during the Apartheid era. Today, Mitchells Plain is entirely dependent upon economic activities in other parts of the metropolitan area, particularly the central business district of Cape Town, and is segregated along economic lines and characterised by little job opportunities, a decayed built environment that include seventy different housing typologies, poverty and crime despite existing infrastructure such as shopping centres, sports facilities, schools, community centres and public libraries.

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