Rules of the Game

The main aim of this research is to obtain insights into the structure and operation of municipal performance management systems in South African cities, and the impact of these systems on what actually gets done, with particular reference
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City Diplomacy Papers: Volume 1

This first volume contains papers that look at some broad topics of city diplomacy: the changing world of international relations, mobilising climate finance, knowledge co-production, and urban
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Profiling Intermediate Cities in South Africa

ICMs are firmly established as a critical component of South Africa’s government policy. After providing an overview of policy development and the changes in classification of ICMs in South Africa, the report analyses the socio-economic
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Digital Dash: The Young Planners & Designers Essay Competition 2020

This #DigitalDash is SACN’s contribution to providing platforms for the youth of South Africa’s cities and towns to exercise their voice and actively contribute in solving challenges around realising more inclusive, integrated cities
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A Compendium of the BEITT Journey 2017-2020

This Compendium provides an overview of the meetings and research work of the BEITT since
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A How-To-Guide on Running Effective Expanded Public Works Programmes

The purpose of the guide is to provide implementing agents at city level with guidelines on how to carry out EPWP programmes and projects successfully. Reference material used in compiling the guide included the Infrastructure Manual, the
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An In-Depth Analysis of Selected EPWP Projects and Case Studies through the EPWP Phases

The purpose of this report is to give The purpose of this report is to give the results of an assessment of selected EPWP programmes implemented since 2004. The programmes described in the report were extracted from the EPWP annual
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Municipal Legislative Alignment and Enablement Analysis Report

This report concerns the tricky interplay between two key pieces of legislation that inform and steer spatial transformation initiatives in every municipality, namely the Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 (MFMA)
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Integrated Development Plan Guidelines Review Support: Practice Note

The practice note captures the project method, approach, outcomes, strengths, challenges, and lessons from the assignment to review and develop a set of Metro-specific Integrated Development Plan Guidelines. The project was commissioned by
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The State of the Expanded Public Works Programme in South African Cities 2019-2020

The aim of this report is to highlight and analyse the progress and implementation of the EPWP by the SACN Cities in the 2019/20 year, as the EPWP transitions into Phase IV; and to further examine the integrated analysis of the programme,
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Urban Safety Policy Brief No.1/2020: Public Space and Urban Safety

Public space is an expression and reflection of society, and many key historical moments have happened  in  public  space.  These  include  global  events  such  as  the  Arab  Spring,  and  local  actions  such  as 
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Municipal By-Laws as Instruments for Township Economic Development in Gauteng

This review uncovers examples of bylaw provisions that may assist in township economic development, and some that may hinder it. It also provides an overall picture of the extent and uniformity of the local-level regulation of township
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Township Economic Development in Gauteng Province

This paper is part one of a three-part action research initiative by the South African Cities Network (SACN) and the Gauteng Provincial Government. It addresses key institutional barriers to the growth and development of township
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Urban Governance Paper Series: Volume 1

The first volume of the series contains papers covering four broad governance themes: positive rights and service delivery; accountability, democracy and participation; administration, finance and governance; and private sector and
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Urban Economies Papers

These working papers on “Strengthening Urban Economies” explore how to grow urban economies through improving local conditions for diverse enterprise development and growth, ensuring inclusive economic infrastructure and services, and
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