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Other publication (peer-review)

Publisher University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
ISBN in press


The area known as Marlboro South, and occasionally as Marlboro Industrial Township, has often remained hidden in the Gauteng planning discourse in the past. However, it is a valuable and even paradigmatic case study of urban development in Johannesburg, because it is an area of deep marginalization yet simultaneously one of hope and potential. Marlboro South functions as a microcosm of the discussions on economic and social development that are key to the policies of the Corridors of Freedom. Its history is intricately linked to that of Alexandra township, and its contemporary populations are highly politicized and exhibit a significant mistrust for urban planning, which was a key tool of the apartheid regime. As far as a settlement typology is concerned, it exhibits most of the characteristics described in the Corridors of Freedom language: it is compact, has a number of job opportunities and residential areas in proximity to one another, and it will be near the new bus-rapid-transit (BRT) development corridor. As such, development of Marlboro South could unlock considerable potential as a node for Alexandra and beyond; however, the processes of change in the area also face considerable challenges.