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Latest Publications


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.

2015Urban Land Volume1

The Urban Land Paper Series Volume 1

This set of eight working papers seeks to define land and outline the roles that land can play as a catalyst for spatial transformation in municipalities.

2015Infrastructure dialogue

Infrastructure Dialogue Report: Towards Sustainable African Cities

The creation of the ‘Africa that we want’, interrogating critical issues and formidable trends such as urbanisation, integrated city planning and management, as well as  infrastructure development and maintenance.

2015Mini bus

Minibus Taxi Scenarios 2035

This report is based on a scenario exercise that brought together mobility thought leaders from national government, the cities, the minibus taxi industry and civil society, to explore the possibilities for collaboration, with a focus on innovation, service improvement and integration of the industry with other public transport modes.


Infrastructure Compendium 2014-15

A compendium of the six dialogues that took place in 2014/15.

2015Public Transport

Public Transport Skills 2015

This research is the first step along a much longer journey of analysing and unpacking the skills and capacities required for IRT, which is a complex and multidisciplinary domain.

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Infrastructure Dialogue Report

Pricing and Paying for Municipal Rates and Charge.