SACN Research Compendium – 20 Years of Urban Research

Cities are complex and organic, and they are rapidly growing to be one of Africa’s biggest opportunities and challenges for the 21st century. As practitioners, public administrators, politicians, and institutions grapple with how to plan
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Urban Resilience In South African Cities

This report seeks to identify and interrogate the opportunities that crises may present in encouraging the development of bottom-up, city-led urban resilience strategies. It also identifies and outlines various opportunities in the area of
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EPWP (Re)-Skilling Tomorrow’s Workforce

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), a South African public employment programme (PEP), was launched in 2004 to address mass unemployment by creating short-term employment through labour-intensive projects. Since its implementation,
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EPWP Exit Strategy for South African Cities

Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) are described as public-financed employment-generation tools implemented by various national governments across the globe as part of their respective national social security/protection systems (ILO,
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A Compendium on the Water Resilient Cities Learning Events 2018-2022

With urban resilience taking centre stage, African cities are increasingly recognising the need to better understand water-related risks. They are also beginning to explore innovative approaches that will enhance and enable their water
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State of City Finances 2022

The State of City Finances Report is one of the flagship publications of the South African Cities Network. As with previous editions (in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020), this sixth State of City Finances Report examines the finances of
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City Diplomacy Papers Vol. 2

The South African Cities Network (SACN) International Relations (IR) Forum is a joint initiative of the SACN and eight of the largest cities in South Africa. Its primary purpose is to engage in and develop a collective city agenda that
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Spatial Determinants of Wellbeing – Paper Series

This volume of papers explores spatial determinants of well-being. The papers look at spatial inequalities related to public transport and decent work, early childhood development and violence against ‘othered’ bodies. They also
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SoCR 5 People’s Guide

Cities are about people, first and foremost. And, as the national Integrated Urban Development Framework states, South African cities should be safe, liveable, socially integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive, with an
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State of South African Cities Report 2021

The 5th edition of the State of South African Cities Report 2021. The SoCR is the SACN’s flagship output that presents a five-year perspective on the performance and analysis of the conditions of South Africa’s largest cities. The
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The State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2021

This report provides an overview of global, regional and national urban safety developments and policy provisions, and presents an analysis of the state of crime and violence in nine of South Africa’s major cities (Johannesburg, Cape
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Urban Safety Policy Brief No.2/2022: The Potential of the EPWP to Promote Community Safety

The focus of this policy brief is to explore the potential of EPWP projects to promote urban safety and prevent violence. In South Africa, the EPWP emerges in 2003 as a nation-wide public employment initiative implementing state-owned
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Urban Safety Policy Brief No.1/2022: The Impact of Closed-Circuit Television

This Urban Safety Brief considers the imperative of partnership policing for ensuring safer cities in South Africa. It looks at how partnership policing can be used to address the complex crime and safety challenges faced by cities. The SA
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Urban Festival 2021: The Rebuilt City

The theme of The Rebuilt City: Rising from crises of emergency governance to a more sustainable and resilient future was born from a desire to provide urban actors with suitable frameworks, knowledge, and resources to navigate the new
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The State of the Expanded Public Works Programme in South African Cities 2020-2021

The progress of the EPWP in the cities and the innovation and learning that have emerged through the RG are captured annually in the ‘State of the Expanded Public Works Programme in South African Cities’ reports. This publication
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