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    SACN - Secondary Cities 2017

    Spatial Transformation: Are Intermediate Cities Different?

    Is the fourth in a series of differentiation studies by SACN and the University of Free State (I Secondary Cities; II Outside the Core: III Hidden Urbanities). This volume uses 11 case studies to explore the question of whether the IUDF’s spatial transformation concept is somehow unique in the case of intermediate cities.


    The Urban Land Paper Series Vol. 2

    The Urban Land Paper Series Vol. 2 takes a transit oriented development approach as a lend through which to explore various land questions facing cities because TOD is unequivocally urban in its nature. This compilation represents the draft papers presented for discussion and conversation to inform a wider debate on the issue of urban land.


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    Linking Population Dynamics to Municiple Revenue Allocation in South African Cities

    Is a report that provides revenue projections for each of the municipalities, as there is a clear link between a municipality's demographic profile and its finances. Click here to view each individual city report.


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    Towards an Alternative Financing Model for Metropolitan Cities in South Africa

    Is a study led by SACN in collaboration with the City of Tshwane using an expert panel to explore potential innovations and alternatives in city financing.


    BRICS Cities: Facts & Analysis

     A compendium of research that presents comparative information about urban growth and development in the five BRICS states: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.


    Hidden Urbantites: South Africa's Displaced Settlements 

    30 Years After The Abolition Of Influx Contorl This study forms the third in a series of exploratory papers that seek to ­and understanding and give practical expression to what is meant by the ‘differentiated approach to governance.’ In 2012, we worked with strategic partners to de­ ne South Africa’s ‘secondary cities’. In 2014, we went further and undertook a deeper qualitative study into six secondary or intermediary cities, in an effort to ­ and what might be different or unique about these places compared to, for example, metropolitan municipalities.

    2016TOD Report

    Transit Orientated Development (TOD) Precincts

    The Guideline “Developing a collective approach to mixed use development in Transit Orientated Development (TOD) Precincts” provides a ten year review of City experience in using TOD approaches to land development in the vicinity of public transport stations.

    2016The Urban Safety Reference Group

    The Urban Safety Reference Group

    The Urban Safety Reference Group produces its first annual compendium of research and practice findings in the management of violence and crime prevention in South African cities.

    2016The Peoples Guide

    The Peoples Guide

    The People’s Guide is a supplementary product to SA Cities Network’s main State of South African Cities Report 2016. It has been compiled by Siphelele Ngobese and Angel Bolosha with Geci Karuri-Sebina and Kristina Davidson.

    2016SOCR 2016

    The State of South African Cities Report 2016

    The 2011 SoCR, which was themed “Towards Resilient Cities”, laid the foundation for the guiding theme for SACN’s 2011–2016 five-year strategy: “South African cities as effective drivers of local and national development”.

    This theme is the subject of the fourth edition of the SoCR, which seeks to answer the core question: Are our cities being effective drivers of local and national development? For more on this report click here


    Transit Oriented Density Framework

    The Transit Oriented Density Framework is a report that seeks to engage with the notion of higher density in relation to public transport. Higher urban density along public transport corridors has been a constant pillar of post-apartheid urban policy. However, there is limited insight into what such ‘high density’ actually entails. This report unpacks the concept of density and its relationship to transport to inform a framework for assessing the extent to which areas in cities are transit-oriented. To illustrate how such a framework could be used, it was applied to case study sites in the Cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni. The results of these case studies are presented in the report. The report is accompanied by a pull out poster and video outlining and explaining the framework.


    BRT Impacts at a neighbourhood level Volume 2

    BRT Impacts at a neighbourhood level Volume 2 is study assessing the impacts which BRT introduction in the Soweto, through Rea Vaya Phase 1 A, has had at the community and neighbourhood level. The study is a follow up to a 2013 study assessing the impacts of the Diepkloof Station. This study repeats the approach to assessing impacts in Diepkloof two years later but also includes an additional station Thokoza Park. The intention of these studies is to provide a baseline analysis for a longer term narrative on the transformation of BRT corridors over time.

    2016Citizens Guide

    The Citizens Guide to the State of City Finances 2015

    The Citizens Guide to the State of City Finances 2015 aims to inform a broader audience about the key messages emerging from the 2015 State of City Finances report, which is the latest in a series of reports published since 2006. The guide is not a summary of the main report but rather a translation of the content into meaningful city specific messages. Nine standard city finances indicators, which first appeared in the 2011 guide, are used to analyse and explain the state of finances in the nine cities.

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    Expanded Public Works Programme - Reflection on Over a Decade

    This book commissioned by the SA Cities EPWP Reference Group reflects upon what has been achieved in 12 years of EPWP, both by way of addressing unemployment, and in policy and practice. The edited volume of papers also concludes by making suggestions for the future of the programme.