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13 September 2016

Recently the South African Police Service announced the country’s crime statistics for 2015 indicating the increase/ decrease of crime and where crime is mostly concentrated.

These statistics are of increasing importance especially to those living in urban areas.

Cities have distinct safety challenges and tend to experience higher rates of crime, which have implications for their growth, development and quality of life. With an urbanisation rate of over 60%, the majority of South Africa’s population live in cities and towns and, it is in these urban areas that are vulnerability to violence is most acutely felt.

The South African Urban Safety Reference Group therefore invites all media to a roundtable discussion, the purpose of which is to facilitate a city-level interpretation of official crime statistics, to profile individual city approaches and strategies based on the State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2016, which was launched at the inaugural African Forum for Urban Safety Learning Exchange on 29 July 2016.

This follow-up roundtable discussion is an opportunity for in-depth interaction with the content by member cities, partners in the policy and advocacy spaces, knowledge institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

The roundtable is hosted by the SA Urban Safety Reference Group, along with technical support from the South African Cities Network and the GIZ- Violence and Crime Prevention Programme along with research inputs from the University of Cape Town’s Centre of Criminology.

Date: 28 September 2016 

Venue: Msunduzi City Hall

Time: 09h00

Latitude: -29.6016961

Longitude: 30.379056600000013


Space is limited therefore it is important to RSVP as soon as possible.

For general enquires contact Siphelele Ngobese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 011 407 6264.

For media enquires contact Mayleen Vincent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 082 488 0484.

All news editors and journalists, attending Highway Africa, are invited to the Local Government Day taking place at Highway Africa in Grahamstown, in partnership with South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA).

In light of the attention generated around the local government elections, the aim of this event is to broaden engagement between local government actors and the media, around issues relating to the understanding and reporting of local government issues in South Africa.
The main themes Local Government Day will cover:
  • Wired Cities
  • Reflecting on Urban Local Government and the State of South African Cities
  • 20 Years of Transforming Local Government 
Event Date: 29 August 2016
Time: 09h00
Venue: Eden Grove Red, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
For further details on the programme for Highway Africa and Local Government Day visit Highway AFRICA or click on the link to Read More 
Or contact Mayleen Vincent 082 488 0484 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

By Nwabisa Klaas

The CoJ, South Africa’s economic hub, will be hosting the 7th Africities Summit of cities and local governments of Africa on 1–4 December 2015. The summit is held every three years and looks at issues affecting urban and economic development in African cities. The theme for 2015 is ‘2063 Vision for Africa: Which contributions from the African local governments?’ It will explore the local government vision for the next 50 years and creative ways of solving the problems facing cities on the continent.

The summit brings together leaders of local/city governments, representatives from the private sector and trade unions, and researchers and academics to share ideas and experiences, and to discuss local development issues. Above all, the summit will seek to develop a consolidated African position on urbanisation, climate change as well as human habitat in Africa.

The launch was attended by media and dignitaries from various African states. After a welcome address by the CoJ’s Executive Mayor, Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, the UCLGA Secretary General, Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi introduced the Africities concept and purpose. Then, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Honourable Pravin Gordhan gave the keynote address. A high-profile panel discussion followed, during which the chairperson of SALGA, Mayor of Seychelles, President of the Network for Locally Elected Women of Africa (Refela) and the President of Association of Municipalities of Mali engaged the audience and media on the impact of rapid urbanisation and climate change on human settlements.


Some facts about the Africities Summit 2015:

  • 15 000 visitors expected (compared to 11 000 visitors in 2012)
  • Over 150 exhibitors from five continents expected
  • 500 business-to-business meetings scheduled
  • 30 thematic conferences and technical workshops scheduled

For more information on the Africities summit:

The South African Property Owners' Association (SAPOA) and the South African Cities Network (SACN) have signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on issues of urban development and the promotion of good governance and city management .

SAPOA is the voice of the commercial and industrial property industry in SA and its members own and control approximately 90% of all commercial, retail, office and industrial property in South Africa making them some of the largest rates contributors to various municipalities in the country.

The SA Cities Network is a knowledge generation and dissemination member based organisation comprised of the nine of South Africa's largest and most urbanised municipalities, and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). In addition, the following national government departments that are primarily responsible for and impact directly on the built environment function are key strategic partners and members of the Governing Board of the SA Cities Network; these are the Departments of Co-operative Governance (COGTA), Human Settlements, Transport, and the Environmental Affairs.

"SAPOA and SACN both recognise the need for a common vision between the private and public sectors when it comes to issues of urban development and city management," says SAPOA CEO Neil Gopal.

In addition, the two organizations outlined several areas of collaboration: sharing expertise and capacity; sharing in-kind and financial resources; leveraging contacts and networks; and partnering in other arenas of interaction.

The chief executive officer of SACN, Sithole Mbanga says the aim of the agreement is to develop a common program of action to transform South African cities, towns and villages into socially inclusive, economically productive and environmentally sustainable spaces.

"In so doing, we intend to establish forums which the private and public sector can build consensus on areas of public transport, land use, human settlements and climate change."

The MOU will remain in effect until 2016.