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Chris Roper Reviews Counter Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town Region Edited by Edgar Pieterse

Counter Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town RegionVerdict: carrot

The opening line of Counter Currents would not be out of place in a dystopian sci-fi book. “Cape Town is heading for disaster,” writes editor Edgar Pieterse. The essays in the book bear this out to varying degrees, although in many cases leavened by a modicum of hope.

It’s doing the nuanced contributions to this book a necessary disservice, but to summarise crudely: the majority of Cape Town’s residents are extremely poor, its infrastructure is falling apart, our politicians are useless and our government departments are, at worse, populated by a bunch of self-serving individuals seeking only personal or party-political gain or, at best, by people of good will hamstrung by their urge to achieve consensus decisions instead of having the balls to make the hard choices.

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