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South Africa’s beautiful beaches have an ugly problem of racial exclusion and privatization

Beaches in South Africa have “an ugly problem of racial exclusion and privatization,” Lynsey Chutel writes in Quartz. “On Dec. 26, a private security company forcibly cleared people off Clifton’s fourth beach, a public area. It quickly became a racially charged issue. The company was hired by business owners on the strip who claim crime has risen in the area. To anyone being shooed away from a public beach, this was seen as an attempt as the wealthy trying to privatize a public space. Like healthcare, education and housing, security has also been privatized in South Africa building even higher walls in an already divided country. Crime is already a public conversation tinged with racism in South Africa.”

Source: Quartz Africa

The new governor of Mexico City pledges to end the privatization of public space.

The new governor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, pledges to end the privatization of public space. She denounced the previous government “that was devoted to political espionage, favored crony and group interests above social rights, which used force to suppress the people and returned corruption, which led to the abandonment of public services and the return of insecurity.” Sheinbaum also announced “that privatization of sports and parks will be over and warned that all recent contracts will be reviewed in the field to take the necessary measures and if necessary recover those spaces.” [Reforma, 5 December 2018]


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Selling space - Britain's public spaces going private

When strolling in parks and squares, you could be forgiven for thinking that they are all publicly owned. But more and more public spaces are being bought by private companies and although the public is still allowed to use them, there are restrictions. We speak to Will Self and the Conservative MP for Croydon South - Chris Philp - a member of the Treasury Select Committee.

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