South Africa

In the Face of an Urban Climate Emergency, Collaborate!

By |2024-01-04T09:55:12+01:00March 31st 2020|

If urbanisation drives climate change, then mitigating the dangerous effects of global warming must address how we plan, build, and live in cities. Implementing bold national plans requires active cross-sector coordination and collaboration between the local, regional, and national governments.

Real World Civic Tech Implications of South Africa’s Grassroot Platform

By |2024-01-03T17:04:36+01:00June 25th 2019|

Enabling participatory democracy is the goal of South Africa's online platform Grassroot, where community members get together to change their municipalities for the better – with considerable success, as Katlego Mohlabane, outreach and campaigns coordinator at Grassroot, illustrates with examples from Mnandini and Mzondi.

Cape Town’s Future is Renewable

By |2024-01-03T10:23:49+01:00March 26th 2019|

Cape Town is committed to providing clean, affordable and accessible energy to all its residents. Increasing the use of renewable energy, implementing innovative financing options, and challenging national energy legislation are some of the ways the city hopes to shift away from a history of inequality, writes Mary Haw.

Understanding and Tracking Affordable Housing Investment Opportunities in Africa

By |2024-01-03T10:25:12+01:00March 12th 2019|

Housing has become a policy issue that interests not only housing departments and local construction authorities, but Central Banks and financial players as well. Kecia Rust from the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) explains why housing has become an investment opportunity, and the role that policy makers play.

Creative Industries in South Africa: An Engine for Urban Regeneration

By |2024-01-02T18:40:12+01:00February 5th 2019|

The concept of “creative cities” enjoys widespread popularity. Oluwayemisi Adebola Oyekunle explains how the creative industries are contributing to urban revitalisation in South Africa.

The Need for Radical Transformation: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town, South Africa

By |2024-01-02T18:47:25+01:00November 27th 2018|

It can no longer be denied that climate change has severe effects on our daily lives. As a response, the City of Cape Town has developed a policy that acknowledges climate change impacts as a pressing social and economic issue.

Cape Town, South Africa: Building a Network of Street Enthusiasts

By |2024-01-02T18:55:20+01:00November 6th 2018|

What is the glue holding our cities together? Marcela Guerrero, co-founder and managing director at Open Streets Cape Town, believes that the answer lies in the streets. In an open exchange with others, the initiative is building a network of fellow street enthusiasts in the Global South.

Cities should be built for people – Let us start with creating safe public spaces for everyone

By |2023-12-19T15:20:30+01:00June 30th 2017|

In South Africa, historical shortcomings in city planning by the apartheid regime, rapid urbanisation, and a lack of economic opportunities have increased inequity and social exclusion. Faced with high rates of violence and crime, citizens are getting involved in enhancing safety in public spaces. Margo Weimers and her co-authors present an example from the city of Johannesburg.

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