Urban Conferences and Expos

The South African Cities Network prepares and publishes regular editions of a State of the Cities Reports for South Africa.

24 – 25 November 2009


The State of South African Cities
BOMBARDED with news reports about municipal service delivery protests, revenue crises, infrastructure decay, and corruption, it is easy to be despondent about the state of South African cities. With local government elections on the horizon, this is an opportune time to review empirical evidence of urban development and urban management outputs and results in the cities.

The South African Cities Network’s flagship knowledge generation project is State of the Cities reporting. The first State of the Cities Report was published in 2004 as part of the national 10-year review. A second edition was published in 2006 with an extended series of indicators and more detailed analysis of city performance. Since then, the SACN has prepared ‘state of’ reports on strategically important sectors, including: Municipal finance, EPWP and Land use management.

The SACN intends to publish the 3rd edition of the State of the Cities Report (SoCR3) in October 2010, and preliminary research and analysis has been done. This Urban Development Conference will give participants the opportunity to review emerging data and analysis, and discuss the findings.

The purpose of this conference is to:

Further develop our common understanding of the state of urban settlements in South Africa
Promote knowledge sharing on urban development and urban management strategies and practices between the SACN member cities
Raise awareness of urban development priorities

Download Presentations:

The State of the Building Environment
Building the City: Mr Ian Palmer
Owning the City: Dr Mark Napier
Moving in the City: Mr Philip van Ryneveld
Working in the City: Dr Miriam Altman

First Set of Breakaway Discussions
State of Municipal Finance: Mr Philip van Ryneveld
Municipal Revenue: Ms Yasmin Coovadia
Municipal Borrowing: Mr Conrad Barberton
Employment and Unemployment in the Cities: Ms Shirley Robinson
State of EPWP in the Cities: Mr Ismail Akhalway
State of Urban Food Security: Dr Bruce Frayne
Conditions of Food Security: Dr Battersby Lennard and Mr Kroll
Climate Change in the Cities

Second Set of Breakaway Discussions
Freight Flows: Mr Bongisizwe Mpondo
Tourism and Economic Growth: Mr Nicholas Northcote
Energy in the Cities: Ms Megan Euston-Brown
Air Quality in the Cities: Mr Jongikhaya Witi
Indicators Project Briefing: Mr Nishendra Moodley
Inclusive City Measures: Ms Wendy Ovens
Productive City Measures: Ms Shirley Robinson
State of the Cities in Africa Project Reporting: Ms Ntombini Marrengane

Closing Plenary
SACN 3rd Urban Conference Closing Plenary: Mr Sithole Mbanga