oa South African Journal of Cultural History - The colonial municipality: A case study of Uitenhage

Volume 5, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



Legislation was promulgated in 1836 to allow for the creation of Municipal Boards in towns and villages in the Cape Colony. Ever since then the role played by municipal institutions regarding the formulation and implementation of town planning regulations as well as the supply of services has had a major impact on the built environment of their individual towns. In this article the author investigates this role by focusing on the small town of Uitenhage as an example. The many problems and challenges that faced such institutions are investigated and the success (and failures) in this regard are discussed.

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