The South African Cities Network (SACN) was established in 2002 as a network of South African cities and partners that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practice on urban development and city management. Working together with South African cities and partners through research, knowledge sharing, peer learning and innovation, the SACN is at the forefront of efforts to achieve the urban futures vision outlined in the Integrated Urban Development Framework [IUDF] and the National Development Plan [NDP].


The SACN overall mandate is to:

  • Promote Good Governance and Management in South African cities

  • Analyse strategic challenges facing South African cities, particularly in the context of global economic integration and national development challenges

  • Collect, collate, analyse, assess, disseminate, and apply the experience of large city government in a South African context

  • Promote shared-learning partnerships between different spheres of Government to support the management of South African cities