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Bo Kaap residents fear loss of culture

The tight-knit community has seen a spike in new residents & businesses in recent years.

FILE: One of Cape Town's oldest suburbs, Bo Kaap. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Bo Kaap residents fear the rapid economic development on the city's periphery will negatively affect their community.

The tight-knit, largely Muslim community has seen a spike in new residents and businesses in recent years.

Residents say the unique architecture and sought after location has led to the area becoming prime property amongst wealthy outsiders.

The area, once known as the Malay Quarter, is now home to popular night spots, guest houses and eateries.

While some houses in the area can fetch up to R2 million, one long-time resident has told Eyewitness New s she has no desire to leave the community.

"We're not selling because this is our residence. We stay here. We will fight to keep our culture and tradition alive."

Some locals have cashed in on the economic spin-offs of living in the tourist hub and have opened their homes to visitors wanting to get a taste of the Cape Malay culture.