Publications

The South African Cities Network Research Areas, the City Development Strategy, Inclusive Cities, Productive Cities, Sustainable Cities & Resilient Cities and Well-Governed Cities prepares and publishes regular editions of work. These publications, with their thorough research, provide a basis on which to start looking at how to make South African cities better places in which to live, work and play.

Review of Strategic Plans in the City of Johannesburg

Research Paper

This research report completed in March 2023 was one of the requirements for the degree of Executive Master of Science in Cities for the London School of Economics (LSE, UK), a degree obtained by the author. The research was done with the full knowledge and…

SACN Community Engagement for Community Safety

Report

Community engagement represents an opportunity for local and district municipalities in South Africa to connect and build strengthened relationships with communities, to understand their needs and implement programmes which respond to those needs, and to build programmes which have a sustainable impact with the benefit…

SACN Youth Engagement Toolkit

Toolkit

The South African Cities Network (SACN) commissioned Bantu Lab to develop a youth engagement toolkit that encourages youth participation in governance and urban development. The toolkit was developed in collaboration with young people, city officials, and representatives of the private sector and international development cooperation…

Practice Guide: Building Political and Administrative Capacity to Respond Collaboratively to Community Safety in South African Cities

Practice Guide

This practice guide is intended for all stakeholders working for safer South African cities. It is for government officials, politicians and community members.   It deals with the questions: What are the effective ways of supporting the shared work of municipal safety functions, planning and…

SACN Position Paper: SSAR

Paper

Despite the implementation of what is arguably one of the largest national housing programmes on the continent, there remains a substantial unmet demand for housing. Current estimates indicate that 2,6 million households (approx. 12 million individuals) are in need of housing (Saal, 2022). This figure…

Urban Festival 2023 Report

Report

For over a decade, cities have faced several shocks, including the 2008/09 global financial and economic crisis, water shortages due to droughts brought about by climate change, the health and socioeconomic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, and (to a lesser degree) social unrest that was…

Strengthening Linkages Between Work Opportunities and Jobs: Understanding the City of Ekurhuleni’s Labour Markets

Report

This report provides an overview of the City of Ekurhuleni’s labour market and its requirements for skills. It does this by analysing the demand for and supply of skills and the imbalances between these. Investigating both the demand for and supply of skills involved:  …

Urban Economic Measurement Framework

Report

South African metropolitan (metro) municipalities comprise 55% of South Africa’s economy[1] and 52% of jobs. Between 2011 and 2021, employment in South African metros increased by 222,000 compared to 212,000 for the country as a whole. Prospects of South Africa’s economy growing, creating jobs, reducing…

Resilience of SMMEs in South Africa: A Framework for Understanding and Mitigating Exposure to Shocks and Stressors

Paper Series

Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are vital to the South African economy, generating substantial employment and contributing to the nation’s overall economic growth. However, recent shock events, including floods, civil unrest, and load shedding, have highlighted the vulnerability of SMMEs and the need for…

Nurturing SMMEs: An Evaluation of the SMME Support Landscape in South Africa

Paper Series

This paper explores the landscape of support available for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) operating within the South African economy. By undertaking case studies of different interventions and assessing the roles and impacts of market actors, this desk-top paper aims to provide insight into…