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/ 20 April 2017 at 1pm

Geoffrey Bickford

South Africans are still reeling from the recent downgrade of our global investment rating to "junk status" at a time of significant international and national uncertainty.

General trust levels are low and it’s easy to feel debilitated. But there is perhaps no better time to focus on the areas that have the most intimate impact on our lives -- our neighbourhoods. It is here, where we live, that surely we can feel empowered enough to rely less on sets of business or political elites to ensure our prosperity. 

/ April 2017 at 10:00am

Geci Karuri-Sebina & Angelo Fick

Why young leaders will make their cities succeed or fail? There’s something we keep overlooking in the race to grow our economy. SMME and skills development, yes. Jobs creation, naturally. But there’s another factor than weighs heavily in on the debate... the development of our cities. 

/ 28 June 2015 at 11:00pm

SEISMIC activity is not limited to the San Andreas Fault. On July 1, 2015, in sunny South Africa, the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (Spluma) comes into operation. As with many earthquakes the legislation, while long overdue, has arrived largely unannounced, but its ramifications will be seismic.

Geoffrey Bickford, September 2014

The emphasis during transport month always seems to focus on encouraging people to get out of their cars and into public transport. This year lets shift the conversation slightly towards understanding the role that transport plays in the lives of people who already use public transport and how we can create prosperous transit-oriented lifestyles.

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