Publications

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November

October

  • Spatial Transformation: Are Intermediate Cities Different? Is the fourth in a series of the 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 takes a transit oriented development approach as a lens through which to explore various land questions facing cities because TOD is unequivocally urban inits nature. This compilation represents the draft papers presented for discussion and conversation to inform a wider debate on the issue of urban land.

August

July

  • Common Data Framework For Cities Business Plan: This document defines the strategy that SACN is taking in relation to city data and indicators for the period 2017-2021. It defines the Common Data Framework for cities highlighting the main projects, and associated budgets, to be undertaken by the organisation on behalf of member cities. 

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  • Infrastructure Dialogues: Annual Compendium (2015 - 2016) is a distillation of all the infrastructure dialogues held from 2016 – 2017, presenting key themes and issues that preoccupy those who are involved in improving SA’s infrastructure.
  • Developing Open Database of Metropolitan Municipalities (2017). This report was undertaken jointly between Open Data Durban (ODD) and SACN with funding from Japanese Development Agency (JICA). It speaks to an initiative undertaken on behalf of eThekwini and Johannebsurg to develop a demographic projection model at a ward level for the cities. The report also speaks to the upgrading of South African City Open Data Almanac (SCODA) portal and associated acivities including a field trip to New York.

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  • The State of Water in Cities is a synthesis report analyzing the water resources and its management in cities. SACN includes water management on its agenda as a key focus area: dealing with city vulnerabilities, owing to the growing threat of freshwater scarcity.

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  • The Build Environment Integration Roadmapwas developed to determine and strengthen the role of metros in guiding and enabling spatial interventions that will result in more equitable, just and sustainable spatial outcomes.
2015 - Click here

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  • The State of City Finances rethinks how cities are financed and funded, so that they are able to drive important agendas, such as green growth, the provision of sustainable human settlements and improved mobility through affordable and integrated public transport.

October

  • The Urban Land Paper Series (Volume 1) is set of eight working papers, which seek to define land and outline the roles that land can play as a catalyst for spatial transformation in municipalities.

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  • Know Your Block toolkit: Work to make a great place. The result of a collaboration between the South African Planning Institute(SAPI)and SACN in preparation for the Planning Africa 2014 Conference held in Durban on 19–21 October 2014. The toolkit’s aim is to deepen community involvement in local spaces by exposing South Africans to planning and empowering them to improve their neighbourhoods.
  • Cities Resilience to Climate Change. This research study analysed cities’ climate change resilience relating to food security, transportation and water provision, through three case studies: the City of Johannesburg, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM). The study links climate change issues at a municipal level to the daily operations of the cities with regards to service delivery and achieving the goals set out in these cities’ planning documents. A longer, synthesis report is also available.
  • State of Waste Management in Cities – Phase 2: Modelling the effects of landfilling as a disposal method. This report demonstrates the negative impact of relying on landfilling as the main disposal method for solid waste.

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  • Msunduzi CDS Booklet. Msunduzi's City Development Strategy (CDS), which is a growth path directive and scenario planning instrument.
  • Modelling Energy Efficiency Potential in SACN Cities. This study was commissioned to establish the energy  savings  potential  that  can  be  realised  from  energy  efficiency  (EE)  interventions  in  municipal  facilities and operations in its nine member cities. The full report is also available.
  • Understanding Affordable Housing Markets in South Africa. In order to understand the affordable housing market in South Africa and its potential opportunities for both city governments and the private sector, the South African Cities Network (SACN) partnered with the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance (CAHF) to develop affordable housing profiles for each of its nine member cities.
  • Urban Shelter: Citizens Rights - understanding the role of cities. This document reflects on the experience of metro municipalities with regard to urban shelter rights, and poses some recommendations to address the current challenges faced by cities.
  • How to Make Cities Safer is a report on the urban safety study tour to Rio de Janeiro, Bogata and Medellin in March/April 2014.

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  • RE-EE Lessons Learned Booklet. The publication contains recommendations for the nine categories of lessons learnt, which were identified based on information gathered through a literature review, a legislative analysis and a workshop where practical information was gathered.

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  • State of Cities Finance 2013. This report updates the financial indicators contained in the 2011 State of City Finances report looks at other issues, such as the green economy, tariff increases and their effect on municipal finances, and the housing assignment process (and its effect on the bottom line).
  • South African Urban Strategies Alignment Study. The study analyses how various long-range development strategies and plans of relevance to South Africa’s large (primary and secondary) cities align (or not) and reflects upon national urban development and settlement planning.

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  • Land Acquisition Report. This research paper looks at four case studies (Buffalo City, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini and Mangaung) on the acquisition of urban land by municipalities from state-owned companies and other organs of state.

April

  • The Space Economy: An Important Consideration in Spatial Development Planning. A summary of the second in a series of knowledge sharing sessions jointly held by the Department of Economic Development (EDD): National Social Dialogue and Strategic Frameworks Programme; and the South African Cities Network (SACN). The sessions are intended to contribute to a knowledge network by inviting a diverse set of perspectives to advise policy making and business planning.

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  • Roundtable Law Reform In Planning. This report captures some of the key themes that emanated from discussions at the Roundtable held on the 22nd and 23rd of August 2012 at the Protea Hotel in Sea Point.

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  • Partnership Models for Accountability and Monitoring in Municipal Programmes. This booklet focuses on government accountability in Africa, and specifically on social accountability – civil society finding ways and taking steps to hold politicians and officials accountable for planning, for budgets, for expenditure and for delivery.
  • State of City Finances Report. This report is written under the broad theme of resilient cities, reflecting the economic and social challenges facing cities, as well as  the financial fortunes of South Africa municipalities in this report.
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  • State of Cities Report 2011. This third edition of the State of Cities Report reflected on the first decade (2001 to 2011) of a democratic and transformed local government in South Africa.
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  • Green Economy Summit Report 2010, The Green Economy Summit was convened from 18 to 20 May 2010 under the overarching theme: Towards a Resource Efficient, Low Carbon and Pro-Employment Growth Path.
2009 - Click here
  • Township Transformation Timeline. An overview of the history of the evolution of townships since 1900 and the lessons that can be learnt for the future. The timeline sets out to provide a better understanding of townships and how they can be transformed and integrated into South Africa’s urban areas today.
  • Poster of Township Timeline. The changing townships at a glance.
  • Township Renewal Sourcebook. Collection of papers and materials from the Training for Township Renewal Initiative workshops 2008–2009.
  • Case Study in Township Renewal: Kwamashu.A study into mobilising and focusing public and private capital expenditure in the KwaMashu Town Centre.
  • Report: Securing Municipal Finance in South Africa. Cities are responsible for providing many of the basic services essential to modern life and health, from water and electricity distribution to sanitation, transport and the upkeep of local roads. How can such services be funded on a sustainable basis?
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  • Good Practice Guide for State of the Cities Reporting: 2008. State of Cities reports are a growing way of focusing attention on urban issues. The purpose of most State of Cities reports is summed up well in the purpose of the planned State of Commonwealth Cities Report, which is intended to “assess the opportunities and threats of urban growth in relation to poverty alleviation, sustainable and people-centred development and reducing disparities in living conditions”.
  • Effective Utility Management: A Primer for Water and Wastewater Utilities 2008. This Primer is intended to  help  utility  managers  identify  and  address  their  most  pressing  needs  through a customised, incremental approach that is relevant to the day-to-day challenges utilities face.
  • Inclusive Cities Annual Report 2008. The inclusive cities theme aims to address the challenge of South Africa’s segregated and dispersed cities, exploring a range of perspectives on how urban citizens access opportunities and the extent to which poor residents can share equitably in the socio-economic benefits of city life.
  • Sustainable Cities Report: 2008. This report looks at the progress made and lessons learnt in the areas of energy, service delivery and environmental protection as South Africa seeks to establish sustainable cities, as well as ways of taking development forward.
  • A National Overview of Spatial Trends and Settlement Characteristics 2008. This overview forms a key baseline input to the forthcoming national urban development framework, building onto work already done within the National Spatial Development Perspective (NSDP) and taking into account recent trend data and enhanced capabilities to conduct more nuanced spatial analysis.
  • Report of the South African Cities Network: Expanded Public Works Programme 2008. This report is an input into the inclusive cities annual report and focuses on the progres in implementing the EPWP by the nine SACN member cities and other urban municipalities.
  • State of the City Finances Report 2008. This report analyses the finances of the nine cities between 2003 and 2008, updating the data used for the 2006 State of City Finances Report, to identify major changes in the financial position and performance of the cities.
  • Inclusive African Cities Conference 2007. Over 150 delegates attended the conference seeking to deepen understanding of how to make rapidly urbanising African cities more inclusive and to provide the basis for developing locally appropriate tools for doing so. A summarised report is available here.
  • Local Government Performance Review 2006. A reflection on the first five years of Democratic Local Government in Gauteng(2000-2005)
  • State of Cities 2006 report. The second State of Cities report that looked at how city development strategies stimulated economic growth and the extent to which cities had provided access to services, amenities and opportunities for all residents.
  • Quality of Life Survey in eThekwini Municipality 2005.
  • State of Cities 2004 report. provided a first-of-its-kind overview of how the nine largest cities in the country had performed between 1996 and 2001 against the thematic ideals of productivity, inclusivity, sustainability and good governance.
  • Urbanisation & Housing Challenges: Cities in Africa. Report of the Conference on Urbanisation & Housing Challenges: Cities in Africa held in October 2003.
  • Study into Urban Poverty 2002. The project covers five South African urban poverty reduction strategies and interventions.