Activating an All-of-Society Approach to Implementing The Urban Agenda.

The 2018 South African Urban Conference will follow on from the 2017 event which focused specifically on communication and engaging with urban stakeholders on the content of the IUDF. At this follow up event, the aim is to further embed the IUDF agenda by focusing on what implementation means in practice. A series of sessions will focus on the themes and sub-themes and will be designed so that there are theoretical and evidence-based inputs but also space for thinking through what practical implementations of the IUDF means for the various spheres of government and in different sectors.


Recognising the importance of a collective platform for engaging on the different urban interventions that are taking place and how these speak to the global and urban agendas, the partners have agreed to host this conference as an annual event, focused on encouraging dialogue on urban issues in South Africa. This year’s conference will be taking place between the 30-31 October at The Forum | Turbine Hall in Johannesburg.


DAY  1

DAY  2

The Post Conference Thematic Workshops:

1. Partnering – Western Cape (EDP): This workshop is convened by CSP to get your input on the draft of Cities Partnering Framework and will be facilitated by EDP. The CSP recognises the need for improved partnering and collaboration capabilities at a city level and has approached the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP) to develop high-level partnering framework for cities.


2. Making Civic Tech work in Cities: Cities are increasing looking to develop digital tools to engage with, gather information from or communicate with their citizens. But much of the ‘smart cities’ hype has led to disappointment in execution. This workshop will offer an evidence-based method for selecting or developing appropriate technologies. It is aimed at managers with or without technical knowledge.


3. Long-Term Financial Planning and Strategies: National Treasury


4. Participatory safety planning for crime and violence prevention: Participants will learn about the “toolkit for participatory safety planning”, which is a compilation of methods of work with communities on safety related topics. The training’s facilitator will guide participants in exploring the use of the “toolkit” for doing safety audits and explain specific methodologies for involving communities – especially more vulnerable groups such as women and youth.

The session will demonstrate on how to practically work on safety planning in urban areas. Additionally, participants will have time to reflect how to best make use of the “toolkit” (eg. supporting work of Community Safety Forum (CSF), collecting data on safety for future integration of safety in IDPs).


5. Imagining your urban futures: Leave your “present” at the door: This session will start with a presentation on “futuring”, and how it can be effectively utilised for planning and shaping South African cities. This will be followed by a game called “Things from the future” which aims at expanding attendee’s thinking about their cities’ future possibilities. This game will encourage participants to ‘try-on’ multiple perspectives and will elicit positive and negative futures for participants to collectively reflect upon. The workshop will close with reflections on how the IUDF might be leveraged to achieve better futures and avoid negative scenarios, as well as identifying a number of actions to prioritise in approaching these futures.


6. National Spatial Development Framework – NSDF: Present the technical background and proposals towards the National Spatial Development Framework for South Africa and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute and enhance the content.


Yondela Silimela, Managing Director – Morfosis Advisory


Rehana Moosajee, Founder – Barefoot Facilitator


Nellie Lester, Urban Planner – KIPD Urban & Regional Planning Development Consultants

Paul K Currie, Senior Programme Officer: Urban Systems – ICLEI Africa: Local Governments for Sustainability

Nachi Majoe, Manager: Urban Systems & Strategic Alliances – ICLEI Africa: Local Governments for Sustainability

Blake Robinson, Senior Professional Officer – ICLEI Africa: Local Governments for Sustainabiliity

Rose Molokoane

Frederick Kusambiza-Kiilingi, Executive Director – South African Council of Architectural Profession (SACAP)

Esther Wegner, GIZ

Indra de Lanerolle, Director – Jamlab

Jeremy Timm, Strategic Support Manager – Cities Support Programme

Michael Deighton , Managing Director, Tongaat Hulett Developments

Monique Damons, Coordinator – Good Governance Learning Networ

Andrew Boraine, CEO – Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP)

Gill Cullinan, Programme Lead – Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP)

Estelle Cloete, Operations Executive – Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (WCEDP


The Forum | Turbine Hall
65 Ntemi Piliso Street, Newtown, Johannesburg


The City Lodge in Newtown is providing a special discounted rate to all who will be attending the SA Urban Conference and require accommodation. The hotel is located on the Cnr of Carr and Miriam Makeba Streets, Newtown, 2001 and is in walking distance from The Forum | Turbine Hall.

To view their location on Google Maps click here or make use of their GPS Co ordinates: 26 11`59.814″S, 28 1`57.373″E

For more information please contact reservations:

+27 (010) 065 0700 or email clnewtown.resv@clhg.com


There are many transport options you can make use of to getting to venue, located at 65 Ntemi Piliso Street, Newtown 2001 (opposite the old Johannesburg Stock Exchange)

Private Vehicle

There is safe and secure parking available at the venue, please make use of the entrance on Ntemi Piliso Street to access the parking, which is free for the duration of the conference.

JHB Metro Bus

The city’s bus service operates across the the city with various routes and services. For more information click here: MetroBus

Rea Vaya

This is the City of Johannesburg’s revolutionary Rapid Bus Transit system, running along dedicated routes to ensure speed of service to commuters. For more information click here: Rea Vaya 


The Gautrain Commuter Rail System has 10 stations across Gauteng from as far north as Pretoria, east to OR Tambo International Airport, and into the Johannesburg CBD. If you would like to make use of the Gautrain make sure to head to Johannesburg’s Park Station and make use of the many Gau Buses which transports commuters from the station to the nearby surrounding blocks in Johannesburg’s CBD. For more info click here: Gautrain

Uber or Taxify

The easiest way for people to get around is by making uses of taxi cab companies like Uber or Taxify. Make sure you have downloaded their respective apps in order for you to make use of their services. For more info click Uber or Taxify


The Forum | Turbine Hall is in walking distance from The City Lodge in Newtown. It will take you approximately 8 minutes to cross the 600 metre distance. Click here to view the map.

Reports and Documents

Urban Conference 2018 Report – Click here

The Integrated Urban Development Framework – IUDF – Click here

Localising the New Urban Agenda – Click here

Urban Conference 2017 Report – Click here.


All of Society Video – Click here 

Creative Disruptions – Read  More

Learning to Listen is Key – Read More

Woza WOSA (Whole-of-Society Approach) – Read more


Day 1 – Presentations

The Current State of Implementation of the Urban Agenda. What has been going on. (CoGTA) – Click here

The Urban Conference Voices Mapping – Click here

Doing Development Differently – A Whole of Society Approach (WCEDP) – Click here

Ithuba Community Centre Blackburn Village Social Sustainable Integrated Program. (eThekwini Municipality) – Click here


Day 2 – Presentations

Contemporary Undercurrents of Audacious Possibility (Thireshen Govender) – TBC

Implementing the Urban Agenda Through Partnering – Click here