Cities in Conversation

Liveable, Inclusive, Safe, and Resilient Cities: Implementing SA’s urban agenda.


The South African Cities Network (SACN) hosted the South African Urban Conference in collaboration with the Departments of Human Settlements (DHS) and Cooperative Governance (DCOG), the National Treasury, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN), and the Ethekwini municipality on Monday, 30 October 2017 in Ethekwini. The Urban Conference is an annual event that focuses on implementing a transformative urban agenda. It will provide a platform for learning, experimentation, and knowledge exchange. The 2017 conference is informed by the IUDF vision of building ‘Liveable, safe, integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive cities’ which is closely aligned to the global SDG Goal 11 ‘Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.


To strengthen the objectives of our urban agenda, as it relates to SA cities and urban spaces, extensive collaboration is necessary; this requires active and continuing dialogue between a range of urban actors, and needs to be maintained through effective and ongoing debate and learning. We hope this conference will therefore provide a stimulating platform for partners, and stakeholders in the implementation of the urban agenda.


Why you should attend:

The 2017 Urban Conference will bring together officials from the 8 member cities of the SACN, selected secondary cities and targeted stakeholders and will focus on the following objectives:


  • Communicating the IUDF to improve common understanding and awareness among government actors of local urban development in South Africa;
  • Encouraging coordination through the sharing of strategies, actions and considerations for the co-production of the city with different urban partners;
  • Gathering intelligence through sharing info, lessons and insights to support and strengthen the voice and role of cities and urban municipalities on translating and implementing the urban agenda at the local level.
Ethekwini Urban Week


Urban Conference 2017

1st SA World Cities Day

African Forum For Urban Safety – AFUS


Mon, 30 October 2017

Tue, 31 October 2017

Wed-Fri, 1-3 November 2017


Inclusive Cities, Shared Experiences: urban economic growth, urban land and spatial integration, urban well-being, inclusion and access and effective governance.

Better City, Better Life: connected cities for the people / implementing the New Urban Agenda.

Creating Safer Cities for all: Implementation of the New Urban Agenda: effective justice system, monitoring capabilities and reporting, safety planning, capacity building and youth, crime and violence.


SA City practitioners (network) member cities / RG’s, partners, select urban actors and select secondary cities (KZN)

SA metros & secondary cities, national and provincial public and private stakeholders, academia.

African metros & secondary cities; SA national and provincial government departments; organised local government, civil society & business community; academia.


Targeted: Local – National

External: National – Global

Targeted: Sectoral – Continental


Moses Mabhida Stadium, Presidential Business Club 1 – Level 3


44 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd,
Stamford Hill,


For access around the Durban beach front, the Inner City, and to Moses Mabhida Stadium, we encourage you to use the People Mover. For hotels on the beach front, the Blue Route stops right outside the Kings Park Pool which is located opposite the stadium.

To view the Route Map Click Here

Press Room

Media Advisory – 13 October 2017 – Click here

Media Advisory – 20 October 2017 – Click here

Media Advisory – 26 October 2017 – Click here


The South African Urban Conference 2017, brought together a diverse set of actors to discuss the big issue about the development and governance of our cities. This video draws on the discussion to speculate about the future of our cities. #WorldCitiesDay #UrbanConf17 #UrbanOctober. – CLICK BELOW TO VIEW VIDEO

Reports & Documents

1. Inclusive Growth: How do we strengthen and grow city economies to be more inclusive

2. Spatial Integration: How do we increase equitable access to urban land space?

3. Inclusion and Access: What makes cities more liveable for all, particularly vulnerable urban dwellers?

4. Effective Governance: What kind of urban governance encourages inclusion and access?

Urban Conference 2017 Report – Click here.