TOPIC:   Langa: heritage issues and challenges
SPEAKER:  Bridget O’Donoghue
DATE:  Tuesday, 16 September 2014
TIME: 19h45 for 20h00
VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads

Bridget O’Donoghue will examine the reasons behind the establishment of Langa, its typology, significant heritage sites and the challenges in conservation.
In 1919 the Cape Town City Council was asked by the Union government to take control over the township of N’dabeni that had been established earlier in the century, but they proposed building a new township instead that would allow the land at N’dabeni to be used to meet the increasing demand for industrial land. The government granted the council land at Uitvlugt in 1922 for the establishment of the new location. In 1923, the Natives (Urban Areas) Act laid down that all Africans should be segregated in locations. Control on movement was also introduced and later became known as ‘influx control’.

The location at Langa, as the township was known, was planned by the same town planner responsible for Pinelands Garden Suburb, an Englishman, Albert Thompson, and incorporated elements of the Garden City town-planning model, and this underlying form remains along with planning, social and architectural elements that are part of the heritage of this, Cape Town’s oldest remaining ‘township’.

Bridget is an architect and VASSA member who studied Architecture at UCT, practiced as an Architect then did an M Phil in Environmental Science and has been working in heritage and Environmental management firstly at the Cape Town City Council and then as a consultant since 2007.