Impact investment can shift our affordable housing crisis

2019-10-29 09:19

South Africa is facing a massive urban housing crisis. It will take major investment and a concerted effort from a number of role players to transform our cityscapes, but it can be done, writes Harold Spies.

Gautrain irrelevant for township people, says student researcher

2018-10-18 06:00

The Gautrain is irrelevant to transforming the spatial reality for disadvantaged South Africans, says masters student at North-West University told the Planning Africa 2018 conference in Cape Town.

SA yet to achieve land reform in urban areas, says deputy minister

2018-10-15 14:14

SA has not achieved any substantial land reform in urban areas, says the Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel.

Cities to play increasingly important part in Africa’s development

2018-06-14 17:17

Africa’s burgeoning big cities will play an increasingly central role in the continent’s growth and development, driven largely by Africa’s rapid urbanisation.

Summit looks at city planning in Africa

2018-04-12 19:04

RICS Summit Africa will look at Africa's need to be smart about city planning and sustainability as it faces one of the fastest urbanisation rates in the world.

Inside Muvhango's 20th birthday party

2017-10-01 15:00

While the SABC2 soapie Muvhango is known for grooming young talent, it is its daring plot that has kept South Africans glued to the small screen for the past 20 years.

African development more than real estate, infrastructure

2016-11-11 13:42

The African context demands that development is more than real estate and infrastructure, says an expert at the African Real Estate & Infratructure Summit.

Developing Africa’s future cities

2016-11-02 06:01

Overlooked small and micro enterprises represent an untapped and underserviced market segment, says Nadir Jeeva.


7 ways to ‘decolonise’ urban planning in SA – academic

2018-10-21 21:45

The 'decolonisation' of planning education will produce planners who create better cities in SA and the rest of Africa, says a University of Cape Town academic.

Ensure economic development - not just growth, panel hears

2018-10-17 13:11

It is important to distinguish between economic growth and economic development, says Amiena Bayat of the University of Western Cape.

There's a problem with 'Wakanda visions' for African cities - academic

2018-10-08 12:00

The problem of "Wakanda visions" - made popular in the movie Black Panther - for African cities is that it implies a highly exclusive and exclusionary set-up, says an academic.

Cities as a poverty-alleviation tool

2018-05-31 11:40

Citizens living in poor rural areas seek out economic opportunities by migrating to cities. We need policy to help accommodate urbanisation, because it’s not going to slow down.

Lagos set to overtake Johannesburg as 2nd largest African city by GDP

2017-12-24 13:47

Lagos is set to overtake Johannesburg as Africa’s second largest city by gross domestic product by 2035, according to a report by Oxford Economics.

What does a smart city look like?

2017-01-01 10:01

A smart city is about far more than just smart electricity meters and South Africa’s cities are lagging far behind. Let's look at what other cities in the world have achieved in this regard.

Facing the reality of African cities

2016-11-02 18:03

There is another story about African cities, one that is not quite the same as the Africa rising narrative, cautions an expert on city planning.

Expect mall boom as people flock to SA cities - minister

2016-06-20 07:52

Rapid urbanisation in Africa will create major retail development opportunities, says Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel.

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