An exploration of periphery towns in the Western Cape - an ongoing project
There is a common thread running through the socio-economic structure of periphery towns in the Western Cape, where economies, industries and power relations generally remain fixed. When deconstructing the makeup of each town, it's almost certain that you'll find a correlated version of this simplified description below:
Old Dutch or Victorian Colonial architecture is characteristic of the town's centre. These buildings have largely been inherited by their current owners, or have been turned into guesthouses, or declared heritage buildings, or have been recirculated back into the property market where folks from larger cities come to retire and take up a new hobby like landscape painting. As you move away from this central nucleus and towards the highways, you will find the living quarters of the town's workforce. Those who move the soil, or the cement, or the industry machines and service the inner nucleus. The workforce and those living without lineage occupy hostels or informal settlements on the outskirts of the town. Stretching further outward, you'll get a glimpse of the spectacular natural beauty which the periphery town is invariably set in. Periphery towns in the Western Cape boast some of the greatest geological awe in the country, from mountain ranges, valleys and rivers to fruit and wine farms. Churches, banks, bottle stores and graveyards are key features of periphery towns.