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District Six, Cape Town[edit]

I hope someone who knows the facts, etc, better than I will edit the article to draw attention to the fact that although the bulldozers made the land AVAILABLE for re-development, that re-development, largely, did not occur.

It seems too much to hope, but the idealist in me gives some credit to the claim I heard that at least part of the reason is that no one who would have been allowed to live there wanted to take advantage of what the government had done. At least the possibility should be mentioned in the article?

Another minor tidy which may be necessary: Besides the church(es?)... there were, around 2002, a few other buildings there, I think. Police houses, I think. Left from before the bulldozers, I think.

Thank you, Wikipedia authors!

Tom, England —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Hey Tom, you know, you are also allowed to make edits to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a project with the policy than any person in the world may edit it. Just thought I'd inform you in case you did not know. PS: When commenting in discussion pages, please sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). Thanks! --Adriaan90 (Talk|Contribs) 11:03, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

I would like to add the fact that District Six became a notorius slum before the forced removals occured. In fact, my father recollects that during a visit by the Royal Navy during WWII, the sailors (many seeking brothels and cheap liquor) were strongly advised to stay clear of the area because it was "very dangerous". This detail is therefore relevant when it comes to discussion about motivation for the removals. Obviously economic and social factors, including apartheid, played a part in the formation of the problem. Cape Town is a city of great natural beauty, so one can understand that having a great slum in full view of any and all visitors to the city bowl was always going to be difficult to deal with and should not be overlooked when apportioning blame for what occured.

Dawn Treader196.207.40.213 18:47, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

While I don't disagree with you, you need to provide sources for your information. Adriaan90 ( TalkContribs ) ♪♫ 19:03, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

The article is rather POV, and emotive. There is no doubt District Six was a slum. The only question was whether it could have been cleared up rather than demolished. The history of such places suggests that clearance was the only option. The designation as a whites only area is largely irrelevant, as no one moved there. Does any one know why there was little redevelopment?JohnC (talk) 21:31, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

The District Six slum seems to evoke a very rosy memory for some people. We must guard against political bias. Already some contibutors see fit to just change whole swathes of text to agree with their own political views and then label it as 'Minor Edit'. Of course, no references are used to support the changes. Yet when I refer to Table Mountain as "beautiful", I get a removal and a note saying 'Provide a reference to say so'. Let's be fair for once. Can someone please provide a nice full-frontal picture of the slum on the beautiful mountainside so we can all see just how rosy it was? Let's not hide it away now ... 12:12, 6 June 2007 (UTC) DawnTreader


It would be nice if there was a map of where district six is located.Gary van der Merwe (Talk) 23:08, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Totally agree - was about to request the same. (talk) 08:51, 7 July 2009 (UTC)

I added an openstreetmap URL, which you can match up with this picture of the map in the museum. The castle is an easy reference on both maps. This is another good map. Wizzy 15:28, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

District 9[edit]

Any reason to include a link to the recent science fiction film, District 9, inspired by District Six? -- SpareSimian (talk) 03:44, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

No. The alleged connection with that film is, in my view, spurious. There are many other "Districts" in South Africa. Neill Blomkamp is probably too young to have even been aware of Cape Town's District Six. It is unlikely that he was thinking of it when he named his film.JohnC (talk) 21:31, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

So in your opinion a SF film largely about racial segregation and forced relocation, titled "District-something" and set in South Africa, has no connection to District Six, and that it's "unlikely" the director was thinking of it? Ok... (talk) 14:11, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
Sounds like he didn't see the movie, as it's about the forced location of a racially separated group in SA like the person above pointed out... but at the same time is it really necessary to call it an alternate reality? Isn't that a given for science fiction in general?Lime in the Coconut 17:46, 23 June 2010 (UTC)
It seems very unlikely not to share some connection. The Wikipedia page for District 9 seems to assume the link though I did not follow sources. I think it would be of some interest to put in a link to this and perhaps other contemporary media that is linked to District 6 into an end section of this page though having it mentioned on this talk page is enough for most researchers. A musical play or score was developed called District 6 some time ago it seems. Perhaps also add in a mention to the District 6 in Hunger Games as though it may not be that closely related to South African history it is about political struggle and segregation.
District 9 Themes
District 6 in Hunger Games
Remember district 6 District SIX a music album
District Six, Cape Town BBC mini documentary during 2010 SA football world cup
Idyllic press (talk) 21:50, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

Land Claims[edit]

Who is the best person to contact, reagrding CAPE Town land claims? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:08, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Requested move: District Six, Cape Town → District Six[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: page moved. Vegaswikian (talk) 21:39, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

District Six, Cape TownDistrict Six – "District Six" is the common name for this apartheid flashpoint, and the subject is also the clear WP:PRIMARYTOPIC. Google "District Six" -wikipedia and the first page worth of hits is dominated by the Cape Town district. District Six, Cape Town got 120,000 page views last year, compared to 1,700 for District Six (album). The Ho Chi Minh City district is always District 6, never District Six. There are books entitled The Struggle for District Six, District Six: An Ordinary Day and We Remember District Six. No one has written anything entitled, We Remember District Six, Cape Town. Kauffner (talk) 00:38, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

  • Comment there are alot of District 6 / District Six / 6 District / 6th District in the world. (talk) 05:51, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
First off, this RM is about "District Six". If you came to talk about "District 6", "6th District", or whatever, you came to the wrong place. Any reasonably common term will have more than one meaning, but we can still assign it to a particular article. Take a look at District 9. (The movie's name is adapted from real-life District Six.) Kauffner (talk) 07:04, 30 October 2011 (UTC)
--NJR_ZA (talk) 05:02, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Street names[edit]

Concerning the corrections [1] I moved the sources into footnotes. Please use the discussion here. --House1630 (talk) 15:09, 4 April 2015 (UTC)

Unclear sentence structure.[edit]

In the section District_Six#Return the end of the last sentence does not read logically.

However, the historical legacy and "struggle credentials" of most of the trust leadership made it very likely that it would continue to represent the claimants as it was the main non-executive director for Nelson Mandela.

I suspect some kind of editing error but hard to tell, I have not looked to see if there are other earlier versions of this section that may be more sound. There is no immediate cite so not sure if the original source is on-line for perusal.

Idyllic press (talk) 20:56, 11 April 2016 (UTC)